Vadamaradchy-wide student boycott begins
[TamilNet, Monday, 22 January 2007, 16:06 GMT]
More than 15000 students of the schools in
Vadamaradchy district began an indefinite boycott of
classes on Monday demanding immediate release of
two students from Point Pedro Hartley College and Velayutham Maha Vidyalaym abducted recently, student leaders at schools said.
Prakalathan, a student at the GCE Advanced level class
in Hartley College, and Jeyan, a student
of Velayutham Maha Vidyalaym were recently
abducted by unknown men.
The students have been organizing protests and
boycott of schools for the past one week.
The Vadamaradchy Tamil Students union in a
communiqué issued to the media on Monday stated
that if no constructive action is taken to get
these students released before Friday, the
boycott will be continued indefinitely and all
activities of the government departments across
Jaffna peninsula will be affected from next week onwards.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) stationed in the
area have taken steps to sabotage the
students boycott and have issued special instructions
to the education officials and the principals of
the schools in Vadamaradchy to keep the schools open.
A large number of Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops have been
stationed in the vicinity of the schools.
The principals and teachers of the schools in the
area had reported for duty on Monday, and with students
abstaining, left the schools at 2:00 p.m.
SLA soldiers and collaborating paramilitaries
in the Peninsula have abducted a number of
undergraduates and high school students in the
last several months. The recent escalation in
number of abductions of civilians in Jaffna has
once again created a sense of fear and helplessness among the residents.
However, the bold student actions reflect a sense of anger among students, parents of school age students said.