Alfred Duraiappah

Sri Lankan politician

Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah (died 27 July 1975) was a Sri Lankan politician. He was a Member of Parliament and mayor of Jaffna. He was assassinated by the Tamil Tigers.

Alfred Duraiappah
அல்பிரட் துரையப்பா
Member of the Ceylonese Parliament
for Jaffna
In office
Preceded byG. G. Ponnambalam
Succeeded byG. G. Ponnambalam
12th Mayor of Jaffna
In office
15 February 1970 – 27 July 1975
Preceded byS. Nagarajah
Succeeded byR.Viswanathan
Personal details
Born(1926-06-15)15 June 1926
Died27 July 1975(1975-07-27) (aged 49)
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Political partySri Lanka Freedom Party
Alma materCeylon Law College
EthnicitySri Lankan Tamil

First political murder


Alfred Duraiappah was a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. He became a Member of Parliament and mayor of Jaffna. He was murdered by the Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in July 1975. Duraiappah was killed on his way to a Hindu temple for prayers, although he himself was a Christian.

His tenure and Jaffna prosperity


His term as the mayor of a neglected city. Roads and stadiums were built, and jobs were created. His period of office also saw benefits for Jaffna farmers, as the prices of agriculture grew, possibly because the government policies taking control at the time was beneficial.


  • Russell, Jesse; Cohn, Ronald (May 2012). Alfred Duraiappah. ISBN 9785512661024.
  • "The Alfred Duraiappah Dossier; Part 1".