Dr. Namasivayam Sathiyamoorthy (N.S. Moorthy), a veteran Eezham Tamil activist who was instrumental in the organization of the humanitarian agencies TRO and Ve’n Pu’raa (White Pigeon), passed away at the age of 61 at London, UK. Dr. Sathiyamoorthy was involved in the national liberation struggle of the Eezham Tamils in the homeland from its early stages and was also a popularly recognized activist in democratic politics among the Tamil diaspora in the UK. Dr. Moorthy, as he was fondly called, was known for his dedication to the Tamils’ cause through his activism, his professional work and for his amicable nature, is mourned by a large number of Eezham Tamils across the world who personally knew his contributions. In UK, he was given the privilege of becoming a Freeman of the City of London in 1993, in recognition of his contribution in the field of medicine.
Dr. Moorthy passed away on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. at Croydon University Hospital, London. He had suffered a heart attack and had spent 10 days in coma, sources said.
He is survived by a wife and a son and a daughter.
Born on 3 September 1951 at Trincomalee, he had joined the Thamizh Maa’navar Pearavai under P. Sathiyaseelan in 1972.
Sources who knew him in Trincomalee also inform TamilNet that he had been involved in the armed struggle in the East even before armed struggle began to be organized in the North.
Joining the LTTE in 1984 while being a medical student, he was arrested a year later in 1985. He was detained in the notorious Welikada prison for three months where he reportedly suffered torture during interrogations.
On his release, he left for Tamil Nadu, from where he was a founder-member of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO). From then on, he had attended to fighters in camps across Tamil Nadu.
When the political climate changed and repression intensified during the IPKF period, he left Tamil Nadu for London in 1989.
From London, he helped to organize the TRO in the UK and in Europe. (Tamilnet)