Alfred Duraiappah

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Alfred Duraiappah
Born Sri Lanka
Died 27 July 1975
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Occupation Member of Parliament and
Mayor of Jaffna
Religion Christian

Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah (died 27 July 1975) was an MP and mayor of Jaffna, Sri Lanka who was assassinated by the Tamil Tigers.

First political murder[edit]

A member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Alfred Duraiappah was an MP and mayor of Jaffna. His assassination by the Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in July 1975 is considered a seminal event marking the onset the Sri Lankan civil war. Duraiappah was killed on his way to a Hindu temple for prayers, although he himself was a Christian.[1]

His tenure and Jaffna prosperity[edit]

His tenure as the mayor of a long neglected city saw it endowed with funds for development from the government in Colombo. Roads were paved, stadiums built and jobs were created. His period of office also saw an increase in the prosperity of the Jaffna farmers as the prices of agricultural produce rose, possibly due to government policies enacted at the time.


  1. ^ Tamil Tiger chief in SEA? New Straits Times - January 21, 2009

Appoint a Commission to inquire into the killings of Parliamentarians

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