remains of Thiwanka Thisera (17)
lies in the hall of his Dehiwala
home, as his little sister begs
to be carried so that she could
have a look at her brother
(inset) Principal Hewage, Ralph
Alles and Ravi Karunanayake
month of February, like the month of
January, began with bloodshed. In
January, the bomb near Nippon Hotel in Slave
Island killed three school children and
several other innocent civilians. February
began with even worse bloodshed. Over 20
civilians were killed and about 100 injured
when a bus bomb shattered the serenity in
the minds of hundreds of pilgrims on their
way to the sacred Ruvanweliseya in
Anuradhapura on just the second day of
February. The bus had left Kandy around 5.15
a.m and was nearing the Dambulla bus stand
at 6.57 a.m. when a powerful explosion
ripped it apart, blowing the steel off its
roof. What happened to the people inside is
a horror story that has not been fully
understood by the powers that be. Men, women
and children, not classed as VIPs hence not
afforded the protection of closed roads and
military escorts, suffered and died, some on
the spot and
others after hours of agony. Among
the dead were A.M. Nilmini Udeshika Herath
(19) of Galgiriyagama, M.G. Gnanawathi (42)
D.M. M. Erandathi Dissanayake (18) of
Matale, U.G. Kanchana Bandara (40) of
Rattota, Beligala Somawathi (65) of
Katugastota, W.G. Babynona (50)
of Katugastota, A.P. Somawathi (50)
W.M. Ranbanda (72) of
Kandy, A.P. Dingiri Amma (58) of
P.L. Lucyhami (70) of Kahawa, M.G.
Gnanawathi (53) of Katugastota, Wasala
Kumari (14) of Matale, Yakdehigedera
Sumanawathi (70), Gnanawathi Rajakaruna
(69), Madurangani Wanasinghe (19), and
Pichamalgedera Nandawathi Surasena (70).
These are the victims who died on the spot,
while many of the injured succumbed to their
injuries thereafter. Their bodies were
brought home on Sunday, February 3 and along
with the wails from their hometowns echoed
another devastating explosion from the Fort
Railway Station in the heart of Colombo.
Some people mistook this explosion to be
another one of the 'ordinary' explosions
that are occurring everyday somewhere in Sri
Lanka. But it was after the initial mayhem
subsided that it was discovered that this
explosion was no ordinary one and took away
many innocent lives as did the Dambulla bomb
explosion, the only difference being that
the victims of the Fort Railway Station
suicide attack took away victims who were in
their tender years...
has many ugly faces and the most shocking
distortion is the fact that the young coach
of the D.S. Senanayake College baseball
team, Malinda Arumadura died on the same
day, February 3, as did his father, one year
ago. Coach Arumadura had postponed the
alms-giving of his father for another date
due to his involvement in the matches that
were being held in Kandy that fateful
however, it is his own alms-giving that is
taking precedence, with one week having
elapsed since his sudden departure without
even the faintest hint of a
goodbye to his young wife and bonny
Malinda Arumadura had telephoned his wife
that Sunday afternoon and said that he would
be in Colombo in one hour and thereafter he
would rush home as he was anxious to see
their one year old daughter. Malinda
Arumadura is a past pupil of D.S. Senanayake
College. He had been working as a sales
representative of a leading private
telephone company in Sri Lanka. As he loved
baseball, he had enjoyed training the keen
fell in love and married Sadeesha
Jayasinghe on June 12, 2005. But his duties
did not allow him to go home to his little
family everyday. He visited them only during
the weekend. Coach Arumadura's greatest
dream had been to buy a house in Colombo and
settle his family therein so that he could
go home every evening.
far away, Coach Arumadura's thoughts were
also with the other members of the team who
were now safely back in Colombo and at
the mobile phone belonging to a
member of the baseball team, Mohammed Rizan
rang the first time, it was about four
minutes before the suicide bomb attack at
the Fort Railway Station.
Rizan had been at a tuition class,
along with his other friends, he had not
dared to answer the phone. "Then it
rang again, for the second time and it was
about two minutes before the suicide bomb
attack and I cut off the call," said
Mohammed Rizan in tears. "If I had only
spoken to the coach when it rang," he
regretted. "The coach and the others
called me in the morning and then again at
about 12.30 p.m. He said that they were in
Polgahawela and will be in Colombo at about
Rizan had been desperate to answer the call
from his coach and team, but had to
terminate the calls because he was at his
special classes. But almost immediately
after he had cut off the calls he had
somehow rung the number back again.
rang and rang for a long time. I gave 18
calls. The 19th call was answered, but it
was an unfamiliar voice. He identified
himself as a policeman and told me that the
baseball team was injured and asked me to
come to the Accident Service. When I rushed
there, I saw chaos, blood and tears.
I was taken to the side where the mortuary
is situated and asked to identify some dead
bodies - I
saw that many of those dead were my
friends - our baseball team from D.S. I
almost died there. The last person I
identified was Vimukthi from Kalutara,"
said Rizan in tears.
Nilar, Captain of the D.S. Senanayake
College's baseball team said that the boys
in the team had been true team mates.
"We played baseball together for about
eight years - from grade six. We ate
together and had fun together. Some of us
had to come on Saturday morning because we
had classes on Sunday. But the others wanted
to stay behind and come back leisurely on
had shared kottu roti on Saturday night and
had a happy time together and thereafter
left to the station in the morning. The team
had boarded the train at about 10.30 a.m
from the Sarasavi Station in Kandy,"
said the Captain. He went on to say that
D.S. had lost these exceptional young men
who were keen, sporty and disciplined.
of D.S. Senanayake College, Ashoka Senani
Hewage sat behind his desk at the school,
while outside, white flags waved in the
wind. The teachers were in white and the
visitors who thronged the rear gate of the
school also wore white.
Hewage went to the homes of the seven
students and spent over an hour in each
home. It had been a lesson of tears and
heartache for Principal Hewage had earlier
on several occasions commended the
exceptional brilliance of these particular
will notice that some of these students are
from far away places. That is because they
are on scholarships afforded to them for
their excellence. We did everything possible
to protect our students - we hired a private
security service, there are parents checking
bags and we have a security committee as
well, but we could not stop this great loss
that we experience today," said
Principal Hewage in tears.
was February 4 and the father of the nation,
the first prime minister of
Ceylon, D.S. Senanayake was
remembered and revered. After the initial
euphoria of this 60th Independence Day
celebrations died down, the wails rose,
ironically, from the premises of D.S.
Senanayake College itself when the gates
opened for the eight bodies of these young
students and their coach.
stricken students, past pupils, teachers and
parents watched in horror as the lively team
and their coach
lay still in their coffins which were
carried into the very same hall in which
they mingled for years with fellow students.
bodies of Kolitha Kumara Mahamudalige (20)
of Hokandara North, Rajarathnem Radeeswaran
(18) of Dematagoda, Vimukthi Sajan
Thewarapperuma (19) of Kalutara North, Supun
(17) of Angoda, Dimuth Priyasanka
(17) of Agalawatta, Thiwanka Thisera (18) of
Dehiwala, Eranda Chaturanga (22) of Colombo
7, and Coach Malinda Arumadura (26) of
Gandara were kept in the school for about
one and half hours and later taken to their
the home of Thiwanka Thisera, his mother and
father waited at the door, their eyes an
endless stream of tears. They were choking
on their words. While his mother managed to
recall how she did not send Thiwanka to
school for fear of bombs, his father could
not talk at all. The grief was too much to
bear for the whole family, especially as his
youngest sister kept asking for him.
can these things happen. Why did our
innocent child have to die?' asked his grief
stricken mother. "Thiwanka was my best
friend. We gave him everything. We were a
happy family and we can never be a happy
family again without our darling son. How
can I live after my child is dead? Do you
know how much we have suffered to bring up
our children? My child is innocent and why
was he not protected? Why is this happening
to innocent people? We are innocent
people," she cried uncontrollably.
truly they all were. They are the common
people who depended on the government for
protection and a safe and free climate to
this truly has not happened for in eight
houses all over Sri Lanka that day, mothers
were crying their hearts out for their young
another house down Baudhaloka Mawatha,
Colombo 7 was another teenager who lay still
as his family hid in fear of having to face
the return of the parents of the boy. Eranda
Chathuranga's mother was expected from Dubai
and his father from Kuwait. The parents had
to ensure that the son had a stable
was a good boy and was loved by all down
this lane. They talk about him night and day
and ask why this had to happen to him. What
is happening to the children of this
country? Today you cannot send a child to
school without the fear of having to lose
him. This is the first time that we are
hearing of happenings as this. What is this
war? Stop the loss of these innocent young
lives. We will have to live with this
grief for the rest of our lives. Our
children cannot go to school, our children
are dying. stop this," begged a close
relative of Chathuranga.
parents continue to burn in heartache till
their children come home," she
Buddhika who had been a close friend of
Chathuranga from their pre-school days said that he cannot believe that
his friend is dead. "How can a person
be healthy and happy one day and lie dead
the next day?" queries a
puzzled Buddhika, wiping the tears
from his eyes.
asked me to come on this trip with him. I
work at the airport and I had applied for
leave too, but it was too late for me to go.
When I told Chathuranga that I cannot come,
he did not force me either, he simply said
it is okay. On other days he would force me
and coax me to come, but not this time. It
seems like he wanted to leave me behind and
go away," said this friend in tears.
girl friend has spoken to him at
Polgahawela and he had told her that he will
be coming soon. They had been very hungry
and had wanted to rush back to their
homes," said Buddhika.
went on to say that when he saw the baseball
bats strewn all over the station his heart
had almost stopped. I rushed to the hospital
and was told that the captain was dead. I
looked for Chathuranga's name in the list of
injured people, but his name was not there.
I ran frantically all over the hospital.
Later I was able to find out that the
doctors were battling with the life of a
young man who had suffered severe injuries
to his head and chest. When I gave the
hospital authorities the description, they
confirmed that it was Chaturanga's life that
they were trying to save. The more blood
they gave him, the more he had bled.and that
is how I lost a part of myself - my friend
Chathuranga," said lifetime friend
in a underprivileged crowded town, in
Dharmarama Road, Dematagoda, was a
temporary shed in which the whole
town seemed to have crowded around.
"They have no room in their makeshift
hut to keep the body of their son,"
murmured the women in tears.
there lay Rajarathnem Radeeswaran,
the son of a labourer, poor yet the hero
among the poverty stricken. "He was the
educated one, and we respected him. He was
the greatest cricket player in our cricket
team," said his friends in the
son of a labourer, Radeeswaran had risen
above the hard life and squalor amidst which
he lived. He had a different life in school,
among the books, among the white uniforms
and among his baseball team mates. He truly
had felt that he was the winner and had
promised that he would take all his friends
to the winning goal in life.
only his family, but his whole neighbourhood
had great hopes and dreams for Radeeswaran.
"We knew that he will one day be an
educated gentleman and that he would help
us," said his friends Kishan,
Pushpakumar, Kedishwaran and Lancer. These
boys from the neighbourhood did not have the
same education as Radeeswaran, but they had
lived in the hope that he would one day take
them all to the upper rungs of life.
today they cried, as the body of their 'best
friend and gentleman' lay in a makeshift
cried as he lay there covered in jasmine
flowers. His mother did not see the crowd,
she did not hear the wails of his friends
and relations. Her own cries were
heart-rending as she tried to shake her son
awake. "Wake up Radeesh. she
wailed" as her two older sons stood by
her side. Nobody tried to stop her, as she
tried to wake up her son from
his eternal sleep, minutes before his
coffin was taken away, with the tearful
crowd of helpless people who trailed their
way in unison.
teachers died, that too of natural
causes during our time"
Ignatius Thomas Alles, founder
principal of D.S. Senanayake College
who visited the funerals of the
baseball team said that he broke down
when he saw the young boys in the
who walked into the hall named after
him said: "I could not believe
what I was seeing. There were six open
coffins in the hall of the school I
founded. The other two coffins had not
come in then. These were D.S.
children, whatever it is, they were
children and here they were lying in
coffins. I was the first to go to the
morgue and when I saw the young boys I
could not believe my eyes. I almost
fainted, it was too much to bear, many
of them had nothing below their
naval," he said with a deep sigh
and tears in his eyes.
Alles went on to say that during his
time they only heard of teachers dying
that too from natural causes. "Of
course there was one death of a
teacher in a motor accident and that
too after I had left. When I saw these
young boys in their coffins I thought
of the shrine rooms at DS - for
Buddhists, a chapel, a kovil and a
prayer room for the Muslims. We have
had head boys who were Sinhalese,
Muslims, Hindus and Burghers. We are
all one in humanity and that is the
thinking that will prevent all
this," said Alles. He said the
school marks its anniversary on
February 10 and he had suggested that
it be held with religious ceremonies.
of the families of these boys who died
are very poor and they have lost their
best child. They did not have room in
the house to even keep the
casket," cried this founder of
D.S. Senanayake College, Ralph Alles.
said that when he saw these young boys
in their coffins his thoughts went out
to his own son Malik. Malik Alles died
at 17 years due to a sports accident.
It was a time of unbearable grief for
these educationists, Ralph and Rohini
of the families asked me to speak and
I do not know what I said," said
Alles with tears in his eyes.
my personal opinion, closure is not
the answer. We close the school till
Monday, what if something happens on
Tuesday. This is a time for
parents, teachers and senior
students to gather and form vigilance
committees," advised Alles. He
went on to query as to how long we can
keep the schools closed and children
confined to homes without studies and
sports. "The answer to the
problems of today is brotherhood. We
are human beings and we must get
together, otherwise this problem
cannot be solved," pointed out
the veteran educationist.
died due to wrong policies of
govt." - MP
MP Ravi Karunanayake who attended the
funerals of all those killed in the
suicide bomb attack at the Fort
Railway Station said that the country
is in a very sad state today. Though
he tried to comfort the grieving
parents, there was no explanation that
was acceptable to them as their most
precious possession lay in a coffin in
they be from Colombo, Jaffna, Nuwara
Eliya, Kandy or Hambantota, children
are children. It is heartbreaking to
see them being snapped away in their
tender years when their talents are
about to blossom. This is the future
generation of our country,"
pointed out Karunanayake. He went on
to ask who is to be blamed for this
situation and said that it is the
wrong policies of the government that
have led to the deaths of these
have they died? For what reason?
Schools have always been safe places.
Why is the government saying that
schools have to be closed? Education
should never be mixed up with
warfare," said Karunanayake.
went on to observe that 60 years after
independence we are today unable to
admit a child to grade one on time.
can't the government provide safety to
school children? School children be
they from Colombo, Jaffna, Trincomalee,
Kandy, Hambantota or from anywhere
else, are all Sri Lankan
children," stressed Karunanayake.
parents lose their sight again
the suicide attack at the Fort Railway
Station on Sunday, two girls aged 12
years too went on their final journey
without a goodbye to their families.
They are Rashmi Lashika Perera (12) of
8 A, Holy Family Convent, Dehiwala and
Sandya Luminduni (12) of Sri
Panchananda Vidyalaya, Raddoluwa.
accompanied her blind parents to the
house of a relative in Batapola to
show them the way. They had taken a
train from Amblangoda to Fort and were
waiting for a train to their next
destination when they found that they
could not bear the pangs of hunger.
The little girl had said that she
could not bear the pain in her
stomach, so she had taken her parents
by their hands and gone in search of
could not eat even three mouthfulls of
rice when the explosion shook the
whole canteen. When I groped around I
felt that my wife and daughter were
thrown on the floor atop each other
and I tried to pull them up,"
said her blind father.
and her blind mother were taken to the
Accident Service in a critical
condition where Sandya succumbed to
her injuries. Her parents lie
critically injured at the National
Hospital but have been spared the
greater pain of being told that their
daughter, the light of their life and
of their eyes is no more.
closed because of Deyata Kirula
Ministry of Education, N.D. Bandara
when contacted by The Sunday Leader
said that the Ministry of Education
had to close schools in Colombo due to
the Deyata Kirula exhibition. The
exhibition is to be held at the BMICH
closure is due to the security forces
occupying 12 schools in lieu of the
preparations. We have also met a
demand from the parents to close
schools during this exhibition,"
said Secretary Bandara.
said that the closure of schools in
the city is due to the ceremony, and
private schools have been asked to
make their own decisions.
Sashi factor rocks the JVP
meeting with Ketapearachchi
at KFC (Inset) Sashi attempting
cover her face on the way out
wife plots and plans at KFC
looks to Ketapearachchi as
ally to control JVP
gives contact details
of Sunil's woman confidante to Sashi
reveals deal with govt. to replace
Sunil with JVP member
a new twist to the JVP's internal conflict,
wife of Party Propaganda Secretary, Wimal
Weerawansa, Shirsha "Sashi"
Udayanthi, has openly entered the fray as a
powerful force and warned the party
leadership their inner dealings would be
exposed unless her grievances are addressed
a warning shot to the Marxists, Weerawansa's
wife has looked to Sampath Dimuthu
Ketapearachchi, the man the JVP publicly
accused of taking the inner party conflicts
to the media as an ally for her future
Sashi made her move after her husband, Wimal
Weerawansa urged her to intervene with
Ketapearachchi and attempt to resolve the
crisis emanating from statements made to the
media over Colombo District MP, Sunil
Handunnetti's unofficial house arrest.
saw an opportunity in this crisis to address
some of her own grievances with the party
including the right to have a bigger say in
the decision making process and do business
if she saw it fit, and also accompany her
husband on overseas visits when the occasion
was particularly piqued at the unofficial
inquiry the party conducted into the sexual
harassment allegation made against Wimal by
a former Lake House employee and also wanted
action against all other party members who
had relationships with the female of the
giving vent to her fury, Sashi has also come
out with more details about the unofficial
house arrest of Colombo District
Parliamentarian, Sunil Handunnetti by the
JVP, and its inner workings, promising in
the process to go public with information in
her possession unless the party puts its
house in order as directed by her.
made all these revelations when she met with
Sampath Dimuthu Ketapearachchi, a former
member of the JVP and one of Handunnetti's
confidants who has now been accused by the
party as the man behind leaking party
information to the media.
secret rendezvous between Ketapearachchi and
Weerawansa's wife, Sashi, took place at a
symbol of American capitalism, the Kentucky
Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant at Rajagiriya.
who has been allegedly threatened by
party members had earlier lodged a complaint
with the Welikada police resulting in the
issue ending up in court.
was Sashi who made contact with
Ketapearachchi after his name was linked to
the inner party conflict and arranged for
the duo to meet at KFC, a venue she
frequented to discuss the inner party
conflicts. Sashi who also raised eyebrows
within the party by holidaying last year at
Disney Land in Los Angeles, California, was
to tell Ketapearachchi there would be less
suspicion if they met at the Rajagiriya KFC
since it was one of her favourite 'joints.'
Accordingly, Ketapearachchi met Sashi on
February 3, (Sunday) at KFC Rajagiriya at
who drove her vehicle with tinted windows, a
black Toyota Vios, bearing number WP KG
3214, was already at KFC with another family
when Ketapearachchi arrived with his wife
and a friend.
on a tip off, unknown to Sashi and
Ketapearachchi, The Sunday Leader was
already at the venue to observe the
conspiracy at work.
confronted by The Sunday Leader at the venue
soon after their meeting, Ketapearachchi
said that Sashi approached him through a
had asked the friend to call Ketapearachchi
and inform him that she wanted to speak to
him on several 'matters of great importance'
including the issue regarding Handunnetti.
had responded by saying that he had only
acted to save his friend (Handunnetti) and
that he would not stop until Handunnetti was
in turn had informed Ketapearachchi that his
approach to the issue was wrong and that he
could never get Handunnetti released if he
continued to reveal the dirty deals of the
said that Sashi had then directly spoken to
him and asked to meet him at KFC, and he had
had initially suggested meeting at a
playground near the Sri Jayewardenepura
Hospital. Ketapearachchi had refused as he
considered it to be an unsafe location.
had then suggested meeting at McDonald's in
Rajagiriya to which Ketapearachchi had
appointment was then made to meet at 7.30
p.m. on Sunday (3).
to Ketapearachchi, while he was on his way
to McDonald's Sashi had asked him to come to
KFC in Rajagiriya as she was already there,
adding, she was more comfortable meeting at
that venue since it was a place she
frequented. Ketapearachchi had agreed and
had made his way to KFC.
the meeting, Sashi had told Ketapearachchi
that the steps he had taken so far have been
in the wrong direction as it would not make
the party release Handunnetti.
has asked Ketapearachchi not to go to the
media with stories related to the party and
advised him to tell her all the details he
had and that she would then be in a position
to resolve the matter using her leverage in
to Sashi, she wielded great power within the
JVP and assured Ketapearachchi that she was
in a position to even negotiate with the
had also told Ketapearachchi that she could
resolve the matter through her husband
since she was too much in the know of
the inner party dealings for them to ignore
her advice on the matter.
can work through Wimal or even through Party
Leader, Somawansa Amarasinghe as I have an
open communication line with him,"
Sashi had said.
has said that the party was concerned about
Handunnetti's seat in parliament as it would
have a severe impact on the numbers enjoyed
by the party if he resigned.
Handunnetti were to vacate his position in
parliament, a SLFP member would fill the
vacancy. According to Sashi, the party had
serious concerns about it and was in the
process of trying to work out a deal with
the government on it.
has said that the party would never release
Handunnetti from his unofficial house arrest
over some exposures in the newspapers, as he
was just another person to the party.
However, the negative impact it had created,
especially with the secret deals of the
party coming out in the open has badly
eroded the party's virtuous image, Sashi
has also said that the only way to get
Handunnetti released would be to institute
disciplinary action against him and has
asked Ketapearachchi to reveal any
'disciplinary issues' he knew of Handunnetti.
was to further tell him that were her hands
strengthened by providing all the details
relating to Handunnetti, she would be in a
position of strength to negotiate with the
party and win their demands.
had then given her the contact details of
Handunnetti's lady confidante whom the media
has already written about and said she could
speak with her and obtain all the necessary
had also given copies of some of the
documents he had of several secret deals the
JVP had entered into, which were given to
him by Handunnetti. He has however, kept
back with him several documents and numbers
of payment cheques made by various
businessmen and establishments.
to Ketapearachchi, he is in possession of
documents and many other material that would
light the darker side of the JVP, which he
would present to courts if and when the JVP
institutes any sort of legal action against
had also given Sashi the original pictures
of Handunnetti's wife with a plaster pasted
across her mouth published in the media for
the party to see for itself the truth of his
allegations. This he said was necessary
because the JVP had alleged that the
photographs were doctored.
Ketapearachchi's meeting with Sashi came to
an abrupt halt when they spotted the cameras
at the scene.
by the presence of the cameraman, Sashi had
first shouted at Ketapearachchi claiming
that he had tipped off the media, an
allegation vehemently denied by him.
had asked Ketapearachchi to send the
photographer out of the KFC premises. He had
said he could ask the cameraman to move out,
but was not in a position to forcibly move
him out. At this point Sashi had approached
the KFC management and asked them to inquire
into the identity of the cameraman.
cameraman had identified himself as being
from a private media institution working on
a news story.
the meeting between Sashi and Ketapearachchi
had then come to an end.
still maintains contact with Ketapearachchi
asking him not to make statements to the
media but to work through her to bring the
party to heel.
to Ketapearachchi, Sashi was prompted by the
party to meet with him to see for sure if he
had the details about their secret deals and
to find a loophole where the party could try
to save face by resorting to some sort of
who was a former member of the JVP said that
he knew very well how the minds of JVPers
worked. However, the party has so far denied
that Ketapearachchi was a member of the JVP.
to the JVP's claim, Ketapearachchi says that
intelligence records would stand testimony
to the fact that he was a member of the JVP
and that he was also held in several camps
during the 1988/89 period.
said that Somawansa Amarasinghe, who is now
the party leader was one who abandoned the
party's cause and left the island during the
terror period. Party's Politburo Member and
Parliamentarian, Vijitha Herath during the
same period had allegedly performed the role
(the masked man) who betrayed several
hundreds of youth to the forces while party
Secretary Tilvin Silva did not raise a
finger to help the JVP members at the
Magazine Prison when they tried to dig a
cave from the prison premises as an escape
is the role played by the media that has so
far managed to save Handunnetti's life,
would forever be in debt to several media
organisations that exposed the story and
some day when he is out of the party, I am
sure he will come and personally thank
them," Ketapearachchi added.
threats and placing people under house
arrest are nothing new to the JVP, according
said that even after the last general
election, the party resorted to placing one
of its members under unofficial house
arrest. That was when the party's alleged
request for the member who received more
votes from the Hambantota District than
Nihal Galappatti to step down to make way
for Galappatti to enter parliament, was
turned down. The member, he alleged, was
placed under unofficial house arrest and
forced to sign a letter claiming he had
resigned from his position.
also said that the party is now forcing
university students, who are members of the
students union to join the party as full
timers without completing their studies.
the Handunnetti saga and the revelations
made following it has caused much
displeasure among party high rankers as well
as its grassroots level members over the
double game played by the party.
response to the allegations levelled against
the party and Handunnetti, the latter
initially denied ever knowing Ketapearachchi,
but has now changed his stance and come out
saying that he did not know Ketapearachchi
a statement to the Welikada police on
February 1, Handunnetti had said that he
knew Ketapearachchi, but had not discussed
with him any details related to the party or
of his plans to go overseas.
is in this backdrop that JVP Politburo
Member and Parliamentarian K.D. Lalkantha,
in an interview with the state owned
Silumina newspaper, stated that
Ketapearachchi's family and Handunnetti's
family had a close friendship.
to Ketapearachchi, Handunnetti's house
arrest is a fact and no matter how much the
party denied the claims, it could no longer
hide the truth.
the story were false, the party would never
release a statement to the media as
Handunnetti after all was just another
member in the party, Ketapearachchi said.
also says that he is in possession of
documents in Handunnetti's handwriting where
he has asked Ketapearachchi to check details
of several countries where he could migrate.
also says that Handunnetti had wanted to go
to a country where the party's international
wing was not too active.
challenged Handunnetti to resort to legal
action if what he has revealed so far has
the Welikada police is still continuing with
the inquiry over the complaint made by
Ketapearachchi on the death threats received
by him from members of the JVP for allegedly
leaking information about Handunnetti's
unofficial house arrest and other secret
deals of the party to the media.
police is yet to receive detailed bills from
telephone providers Hutch and Suntel to
determine the calls allegedly received by
to the Welikada police, the courts have been
informed of the progress made with regard to
the inquiry and said that they will continue
with the inquiry, adding that Handunnetti's
statement to the police would not bring an
end to the investigation.
that as it may, Ketapearachchi is now under
severe pressure to stop making statements to
the media and revealing the dirty details of
Sunday Leader learns that Ketapearachchi had
been requested by members of the government
to stop making statements detrimental to the
JVP as they were a coalition partner of the
Ketapearachchi says that though the JVP
threatens him and puts pressure on him it
would only result in a further split in the
party as other disgruntled members of the
JVP would start to come out with more dark
secrets of the party.