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By Sandun A Jayasekera
President Maithripala Sirisena, who paid a surprise visit to Jaffna yesterday assured that a special court (Trial-at-Bar) would be set up to ensure speedy justice in the gang rape and brutal slaying of the schoolgirl at Pungudutivu
in Jaffna.

“We cannot allow such incidents to happen again in any part of the  country,” he emphasised when he met students from 17 schools in the Northern Province at the Wembady Girls’ School in Jaffna.


Later, at the Jaffna Governor’s residence, the President met the parents of 18-year-old Sivaloganathan Vithya, who was gang-raped and killed last week. He expressed his deepest regret  over this senseless tragedy which shocked and shook the country.
The President also asked the students how they were faring in their educational activities and about any shortcomings they faced in their educational requirements.

The students told the President about the lack of infrastructure facilities, lecturers, a sports complex and the problems they face regarding transport to and from school.

He assured them that a special educational officer would be appointed to deal with their educational problems.
The police arrested nine suspects including three members of one family who were alleged to have been directly involved in the brutal crime.  They were produced in Court and remanded.

Angry residents held violent protests over the killing and the delay in producing the culprits in Court.  Nearly 130 protesters were also arrested on charges of stoning and damaging the Jaffna Court Complex and attacking the police.
The President’s special attention was drawn to issues relating to  the drug menace prevalent among schoolchildren in Jaffna. He said he would inform the security officers to be vigilant about this matter.

He later visited the historic Naga Viharaya in Jaffna and participated in religious observances.
The  President met the Chief Incumbent and inquired about any difficulties they faced.
The Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and  Deputy Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran accompanied the President.