By Ranee Mohamed
G. Laksitha Damayanthi, a school teacher of the Siyambalanaduwa Maha Vidyalaya was shot dead allegedly by a young man who entered the school on Thursday morning.
The young man identified as Wickremasinghe Mudiyanselage Chathura Saranga, (27) a married man and a resident of Badulla had thereafter shot himself. He is reported to be a father of two.
G. Lakshitha Damayanthi (25) a resident of Giripitiya in Siyambalanduwa who was a science teacher received gun shot injuries and had been critical when she was rushed to the Moneragala District Hospital. Highly placed police sources said that the incident was spurred by an argument.
According to the police media spokesperson the assailant had arrived at the Siyambalanduwa Maha Vidyalaya at around 9.30 a.m, shot the lady teacher and then turned the gun on himself.
“She went to school in the morning though I asked her not to go. She had a headache because we had returned from an alms giving at 5 p.m the previous evening. I pleaded with my daughter not to go to school, but she said that there was a student who required practicals,” cried Lakshitha’s mother. She went on to say that she had advised Lakshitha not to carry on with the affair but that she could not give it up immediately. Lakshitha had finally decided to give it up about two or three days ago and had even changed her SIM card. Lakshitha had been in the school canteen when the shooting took place. It is reported that there had been a heated argument after which he shot her and thereafter shot himself.
“When I asked her whether it was her own brother who had come to see her, she said that it was her brother who was employed at the courthouse. I told her to speak to him for five minutes and return to class. As it took sometime for her to return to class, I went there and told her to get to class and asked her visitor to leave. Then suddenly this man pointed a pistol at me and asked me to keep away and said that he had an issue that he had to resolve,” said Kulatunge Bandara, Principal of the Siyambalanduwa Maha Vidyalaya. Lakshitha Damayanthi succumbed to her injuries at the Intensive Care Unit of the Moneragala District Hospital.