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Political and religious intimidation continues in Sri Lanka , as the below story indicates.

Two school principals shot dead

Gulf Times Newspaper

COLOMBO : Two school principals were shot dead in northern Sri Lanka despite tight security ahead of next month’s presidential elections, police said yesterday.

Two principals of two top schools in Jaffna town, 390km north of the capital, were shot dead in separate incidents on Tuesday and yesterday.

The principal of Central College Jaffna, K Rajadurai, was shot by an unidentified gunman yesterday evening outside a hall being used for a cultural festival.

Rajadurai was a supporter of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), a Tamil group which opposes the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

On Tuesday night, the principal of Kopay Christian College , Nadarajha Sivakadacham was killed at his residence. He was a supporter of a front organisation of the LTTE which recently organised cultural performances in the north.

Hundreds of students of Kopay Christian College blocked two key roads in Jaffna in protest over the killing of their principal.

Police said they believe that the second killing was a revenge killing carried out by Tamil rebels after one of their sympathisers was shot dead. It was not clear who was responsible for the first killing.