Gruesome killing allegedly by schoolgirl shocks
Love affair leads to parentsí killing
Thatchana aged 16, studying for the GCE O Level examination allegedly
got her parents killed by her fiance and his friends simply because they
opposed her love affair with a classmate. News of the killing of the
wealthy businessman Sivaguru Ragu 48, and his wife Sundaramoorthy Vipra
41, in Chenkaladi on April 7 midnight shocked the entire Batticaloa
based business community and set a poser to the guardians of the law.
DIG Pujitha Jayasundera
Nobody at any stage suspected the schoolgirl would get her parents
killed. Police, too, could not believe it until the ace crime buster and
Senior DIG Eastern Province Pujitha Jayasundera who headed the
investigation looked at the double murder from a different angle as a
last resort which did pay off.
It is noteworthy to write a few lines about the cop who could be
described as an asset to the Sri Lanka Police since he has brought to
book the culprits in many unsolved crimes.
The shooting down of a young doctor at Karandeniya in the South a few
months ago set a poser to the local Police who failed to connect anybody
to the killing and groped in the dark.
Dr. Jayasinghe was a popular medical practitioner. One night he
closed his dispensary around 10 p.m. and walked to his car parked nearby
when two gunmen riding a motorbike sprayed him with bullets from a T-56
rifle and escaped into the night.
Senior DIG Jayasundera was despatched from Colombo to Karandeniya to
investigate the crime. His first thought was who could have killed the
doctor who was so popular among the locals. Residents of Karandeniya
called him Dostara Honda Hitha because he treated the poor free of
charge. When he ordered for reports patients usually turned to a
laboratory in the town. Soon the doctor realised the reports from the
laboratory were inaccurate and decided to establish his own laboratory.
Jayasundera focused his investigations from the angle of business
rivalry. The owner of the laboratory told a friend, a Major in the Army,
of his business dwindling and the two decided to get rid of Dr.
Jayasinghe. The Major obtained the services of two soldiers in a camp in
the North. The two men carrying a loaded T-56 rode in a bike from the
North to the South and carried out the killing. All four involved in the
doctorís killing are now in remand custody and non summary proceedings
are being conducted before the Balapitiya Magistrate.
In the Chenkaladi incident,when everything else failed to point a
finger at any suspect, Jayasundera thought of the most unbelievable.
After the local Police recorded statements from the kith and kin of the
deceased couple, the DIG got down to work. He knew the girl had been
admonished by her parents for having an affair with a classmate. Though
this was no reason to kill the parents the DIG did not abandon the
He began monitoring the movements of Thatchana, the least suspected
of masterminding the killings of her parents. Her contacts since the
brutal murder pointed to the fact that she continued her affiliations
with her classmate lover and two other classmates. They were seen
together frequently. Their telephone conversations were monitored and it
was alleged that Thatchana arranged to kill her parents through her
lover and the two classmates. On the day of the killing chicken curry
was served for dinner at their home. Thatchana mixed some sleeping
tablets in the chicken curry. Her elder sister while eating complained
that the curry tasted bitter.
Her parents, Ragu and his wife also complained that something was
wrong with the curry.
Thatchana skipped dinner and preferred not to sleep with her sister
in their room in the large house. Instead, she slept in her
grandmotherís house in the neighbourhood. However, before she left for
her grandmotherís home she made sure to keep the rear door of the house
unlocked for her friends to gain easy access.
On the fateful day after midnight her fiance and the two friends
armed with clubs and knives entered Raguís residence through the back
door and walked straight into the master bedroom where the couple was
fast asleep. They dealt several blows on the heads of the sleeping
couple and cut their necks and body with the sharp weapons they brought
with them and escaped into the night before the couple could raise
cries. Both victims were dead on the spot, so that even the elder sister
sleeping in another room could not raise cries to alert the neighbours.
However, on realising something unusual the elder daughter peeped
into her parentsí room and switching on the lights saw the gory sight of
her parents in a pool of blood. The neighbours rushed in and took the
bodies to the Hospital. Thatchana was a silent onlooker showing no
emotion whatsoever on seeing the bodies of her parents.
After a few days of thorough investigations, failing to point a
finger at any suspect, DIG Jayasundera focussed his probe to monitor
Thatchana. By April 12 he started questioning her and on intensive
questioning she spilled the beans. Thatchana with her boyfriend and the
two accomplices were arrested. Statements were recorded from shopkeepers
who sold the knives used in the killing.
Why did the 16-year-old girl preparing for her O Level examination
wish her father and mother dead. Because, as any other parents they were
opposed to her falling in love at this tender age. They had admonished
her and suspected that she had misbehaved with her boyfriend .
This had hurt her and she had thought the only way to continue her
affair was to remove all obstacles in the path of love. Here it was her
parents who were the obstacles and she cast aside all humanity and other
values and held her love in esteem and suggested to her dear lover to
kill her parents.He too thought that Ragu and Vipra were the obstacles
to their affair and agreed to Thatchanaís suggestion.
However, their plot was so amateurish in the eyes of seasoned cops
and it was childís play to solve the crime. It took about four days for
the sleuths to bust the crime because they least expected a 16-year-old
girl to plan the murders of her parents just because they opposed her
love affair. Humanity has degraded to such low level. At first Police
pursued all other angles and when everything else failed they questioned
Thatchana and her three classmates were produced before the Eravur
Circuit Court Magistrate T.Karunakaran last week and remanded till April