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Hidden Hand Behind Siyatha Attack

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema – Photos by Asoka Fernando

Scenes after the attack on Siyatha TV, Friday morning

The directors of Voice of Asia, the broadcasting company of Siyatha TV and radio, suspect a hidden hand of a would-be competitor of the company, of carrying out the attack against Siyatha TV in the early hours of Friday (30).

Popular film actress and wife of Voice of Asia Director, Roshantha Kariyapperuma, Sangeetha Weeraratne told The Sunday Leader, “We have not gone against the government or the opposition. Our news has always been unbiased and impartial. There is no reason to believe that any one would want to harm us.”
However, she said that the company suspected a hidden hand of a would-be competitor  behind Friday’s attack. “Definitely not anyone who is already established – but someone new,” she said, refusing however, to name any person or persons.

Reliable sources confided to The Sunday Leader that there is a strong suspicion that another company gearing to enter the TV broadcasting field, whose managing director’s brother is a government politician known for his strong arm tactics, to have had a hand in the Siyatha TV attack.
There is currently a staff of 280 employed at Voice of Asia Networks (Pvt) Ltd. The attack on Siyatha TV left two employees injured with a 65-year-old security guard suffering serious injuries to his head following a brutal assault on him by the group of 12 unidentified men, who had stormed the office on Friday morning.

Weeraratne said the company was still in its infant stages of construction and was still in the process of building. Therefore, the equipment at the network studios had not been insured and no tight security measures adopted.

The Sunday Leader has previously highlighted a rift between the Kariyapperumas and the Rajapaksas following the conclusion of the last presidential election.
Roshantha and brother Priyantha Kariyapperuma were at one time closely affiliated to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers. Priyantha was even appointed as the head of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC).

However, this relationship soured during the last presidential election after one of the Rajapaksa siblings accused the Kariyapperumas of not working for President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s campaign, but instead supporting common presidential candidate, Retired General Sarath Fonseka.

The Kariyapperumas have defended their relationship with the former army commander, insisting they have been close friends with the Fonsekas for quite a while, before the latter decided to enter politics.
The Rajapaksa sibling had in fact reprimanded the Kariyapperumas when they had called to congratulate President Rajapaksa after his re-election in January.

Nevertheless, Weeraratne, when inquired if there was any ill-feeling between the two families, said there was no rift with the government and that they were all on the best of terms.

65 Comments for “Hidden Hand Behind Siyatha Attack”

  1. izzy

    Is it possible that the “hidden hand” belongs to a notorious “Dr”? Just guessing!!

    • Jay

      This is the work of notorious UNP’ier Ravi Karunanayake to bring discredit to the government.

      • Jay..In which Planet are you in you IDIOT..
        Don’t comment on things for the sake of making yourself an Idiot…
        Have some rational thinking or reasoning before you comment or more so,make these allegations for or against anyone or party.

      • Roshan.Dissa

        In order to bring ‘discredit’ ?? You must be a nut. Do you really think that this sick government has any CREDIT?
        This regime and the regime under that bandit queen were the worst thing happened to Srilanka. You guys are fast asleep, when you wake up it will be too late.

        • ana

          Yeah yeah ,Roshan.dissa.Its only JR”s and Ranils regime thats writen in gold in history.Well known and remembered.You sonofabitch enjoy freedom everywhere nw and curse the present govt. analyse everything then and now and see whats hapening .walk from colombo to jaffna and see the developments.You pontics can only curse in power hunger blind fold. You will never be able to see the reallity if this is your vision.

      • Ravana

        And did they get their lenience when Sangeetha’s brother in law was chairman of the telecommunication Regulatory Commission ? If so this is pure corruption and should be investigated !

    • Izzy>>Dr or the Master, there are people who are behind this…By now if the common man can’t fathom who is the force and the Boss behind this, then it is a strange or he must be from the Govt.
      Come on Mr President, dont just start an enquiry, give us answers and justice…Justice and the Law..

    • deen

      hidden hand may be fm a gossip news paper in ratmalana

  2. Ruwan Ferdinandez

    It’s nothing to do with anybody from kelaniya but most probably, an action by Mr.Gota***ya’s gang. It is also possible that it’s an inside game where the owners themselves used the rift between the Rajapakse’s to burn the station down so that they could be more popular and build a better station with Insurance cash.

    • Dictator

      Can’t you read? They said they did not have insurance.

    • RAJAPAKSHA

      silvas ,ferdinadez YOU ILLEGITIMATE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF SUDDAHS HOW DARE YOU INSULT GOTA ? YOU BASTRED YOU DON’T BELONG IN THIS LAND WE KNOW YOUR TYPES YOUR DREAMS WILL NEVER REALIZED IN THIS LAND GO TO HELL

      • RAJAPAKSAH

        RAJAPAKSAH BROTHERS ARE ANGELS. MAHINDA WAS IN JAPAN WHEN THIS HAPPENED AND GOTHA WAS IN THE KUSSIYA AND BASIL WAS IN THE KAKKUSIYA SO RAJAPAKSHE’S ARE INNOCENT DO NOT BLAME THEM WITHOUT EVEIDENCE

      • Geronimo

        You gotta watch your tougue, pal!!

  3. Ruwan

    I think security guard is too young.They could have appointed a 90 years old person..

  4. CitizenSrilanka

    As the situation is this, and foolish foreign” Minister ” calling to the outer world to come and invest in this “Country with no law”. Politicians are useing their “Power” to take “By Force” the other people`s “Businesses”.

  5. Sapumal

    Dont try to hide your dirt in the air. We know the rift between you guys and govt. We know the past and what happened recntly too. But cant help, if you slept with dogs ,you have to get up with fleas!

  6. Martin Thomas

    What can the security guard do even if he was young, when a gang of 12 to 20 enter to kill and distroy anyone come in their way. These are things to expect from our government who has time and time again proved to the world thay they are incapable to stop or prevent such incidents from taking place in the country. If this has an insider involvement nothing is going to happen for sure. Dame shame on you MR. Can you prove I am wrong by getting your sleeping IGP to crack on the culprits and bring them to justice.

    • Geronimo

      No way this could happen, Martin. All idividuals mentioned above as the culprits are in the governmant. Even if it is a private vendetta between culprit and victim the ruling party is in the know.Therefore this attack is another case that will go uninvestigated and swept uner the carpet.For as long as this admiistration is run by super thugees and other assorted minor thugs this type of attack and harrassment will continue.

  7. Can the President commit and answer to this crime of thuggery.
    Another enquiry is not worth the piece of paper it is written..Just like the hundreds that have and will never be solved..Wonder why??

  8. What is the peace and security tha we have in Sri Lanka..Isn’t this another form of terrorism…So anyone can go and destroy, injure or kill and if you are on the right side of the Govt, then you can be on the wrong side of the law.
    Is this Mahinda Chinthana or Minimaru Chinthana.
    People cannot and should not tolerate this all the time…Filthy thugs under instructions from filthy hooligans who will be protected..But hopefully not al;ways and for too long.

  9. NotCorrupt

    Well the brothers who are trying to enter the TV business are the cowardly Duminda Silva and his brother Gaynor! They are very closely associated to the Rajapookses, specially to the Goat.

    They have been issued with many TV and radio broadcasting licenses in the recent past. All arranged by MR and Goat.

    The Silva brothers are very much at the higher end of the cowardice scale. They pay others to do their dirty work. They hide behind a group of thugs who will work for anyone if given the right amount of money. They are delusional and think that they are super powerful and that they command respect. In the end they are just two uneducated low lifes who do not fit any where in society.

    Acts such as these should not go unpunished, in a true democratic nation. However as we live under a dictatorship it will never be investigated. We will get the usual story from the police.

    AS soon as MR and clan are kicked out and run away to Disneyland (which will be sooner than later) people such as the Silva’s should be help responsible for all their crimes and locked away for many years.

    We need a strong leader who cannot be influenced. Is time for all of us to put the country first and get General Fonseka out….

    If we dont act now we wont have anything left to be proud of in this once great nation.

    • dubai

      agreed !!!

    • Ruwan

      live in reality. dont go to jvp rallies.u will be ok.

    • Roshan.Dissa

      Absolutely Right. If SF is out we can see the real faces of these guys. SF will make an Oat meal from the Goat.
      I reckon that this regime wont survive the full term provided JVP & UNP get together and make huge protests from noth to south and east to west.

  10. MP

    So nowthey suspect the other Silva ,for all these years when Rupavahani, Sirasa, Jornalists coem under attack well knows Dr silva is been accused, but now D silva is been accused. so now its Silva vs Silva ….. Silvassss,

  11. Edward

    Vanity of vanities, says The Teacher, vanity of vanities! all is vanity. Sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil. This also vanity and great evil.

    What does a person get from all this toil and strain,their toil under the sun?

    For their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation even at night their mind does not rest.

    This is also vanity. (Ecclesiastes 1.2 2.21-23)

    Person sleeping on the pavement sleeps better than the one in an AC room on plush bed.

  12. N.C.Wijeratne

    The question is who are those who want to rebuilt our country? and who are those who destroy some to build others-Power in the hands of certain people can be very dangerous-but power in the hands of those who think they have the power is definitely more dangerous!

  13. Lion

    This attack came not from any one who is going to enter the same business, its their support for the General.It is the belief of somany in this country.

  14. Sarath

    Hidden hand belongs to a MUSCLE man?

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  16. mihlar

    This is the sad status of our Country? Whoever did it, it’s with the support of a politician. At times Sirarsa,Rupavahini and now Siyatha it will go on and we are boasting about democracy,
    They murdered “Lasantha” but so far no clue to find out the killers. The war winning general still behind the bars. What kind of a democracy we are talking about.

    Well done government of Sri lanka

    • marlon

      Its Mervyn who attacked Sirasa (goats behind it). Lasantha again goats work with Mugabe’s blessings (you all know who our mugabe is). SF inside because if he is out he will have someones Bolls chopped.
      Only the govt dont know yet who is behind these atrocities but WE all know who are they.
      Wait till UNP wins!

      • Gayan

        Marlon , None of can live for another 100 years. I would rather wait for sun to rise from West than to wait for UNP towin…even a maranadara samithi election!

  17. D'Shan

    I heard this is a Queen’s action.. cause this station has connection with Sangeetha Weerarathna.. & she visiting the palace..
    may be queen did this to protect the King & the crown prince.. Who knows ?

  18. sootin

    This is in black and white anybody can see and say that the work of the present
    government, because their motive is to destroy the media which gives the truth to
    the people and they had been doing this for the last six years by kidnapping the
    media personnal by the white van and kill or torture them and demand for a huge
    sum of ransam and they succeeded finally and with that money MR and brothers
    have bought 5 star hotels in Colombo and elsewhere and this will go on till this MR
    fool stay in power, the country is badly ruined under this MR and you go to hell.

  19. Reality

    People who get licences thro the back door deserve such happenings.

  20. Reality

    a 65-year-old security guard – Must be RoboCops brother.

  21. dagobert

    This is what one calls reporting THRASH. Does SL think her readers are Giullible ???????

    Sangeetha speaks to the SL..& state suspect a hidden hand & would be competitor, someone new. Any concrete proof ? We readers too can speculate.

    Then, the SL goes a step further and add that ” another company whose brother is a Government Minister hoping top enter the TV market ACCORDING TO A RELIABLE SOURCE ? This is the same rhetoric Journalist hide behind. This is immunity to the media ..
    And SL plays dirty by their report hinhlighting a tiff between Kariyapperumas and Rajapakshes.
    What is behind all this ? SL turning the tide to Bash the GOSL & bring Rajapakshes to disrepute.

    This SL pastime. Do they deserve to be a paper that has to taken seriously ??
    To me, they are single track and the only objective is twist every news clip an opportunity to bash the Rajapakshes.

    IS THIS A NEW INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING PRACTICED BY SL?????
    hidden agenda, bashing the Rajapakshes.

    WHY DID RANIL BRIBE SL DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS ??
    TO PROTECT THE GENERAL ??????????????

  22. jo

    Patta wesa huthe usapan redda hodata raja parayata thawath.

  23. Yakolis

    In the past they used to say “Cherchez la femme” (look for the woman} because a woman was always the cause of any wrong doing. Now does this saying still hold good or do we say “Cherchez le politicien” ?

  24. Bandara - Matara

    WORK OF THE LTTE

  25. MaPer

    Why do you permit such raw filth, as stated byjo?

  26. MaPer

    We’ll wait and see which politico’s sibling is vying for a new TV channel? Also, isnt it strange that Sangeetha who knew the Fonsekas long before he entered politics is also now considered a traitor, whereas prior to December 2009 she was so close to the royal family.

    • dp

      attack on a media institution is bad…but what raises questions is the quick reaction and condemn by the USA……seems like siyatha has something that interests USA…? knowing USA..they never raise concern unless they gain from it……their gain means our loss……interesting…..!

  27. Mrs Sembakuttiarachchi

    Rajapaksha you nasty racist man how dare you insult folks like Silva and Fernandez and call them illigitimate bastards of suddha’s wow! you got a big problem buddy. If the suddha’s did not come to Sri Lanka you would be still wearing an ambuday and shitting into hole you moron. Gota is a thief and a thug yes! he may be responsible for winning the war to an extent however, his actions do not show any respect for humanity. If I ever find you insulting people I will hound you and castrate you.

  28. Mrs Sembakuttiarachchi

    My previous comment is awaiting moderaton, I hope my comment will be posted as I believe as you do that there is some sort of freedom still left in Sri Lanka. What are you afraid of Sunday Leader???

  29. Who are these thuggs and idiots who come out to attack the poor innocent people who are working in companies to keep their daily meals with happiness.
    Only way of dealing get together and wash out these thugs what they bring to attack others. No mercy in this world only way tit for tat.
    If not so very soon Srilanka will be like ZIMBAUWE. In other countries people c\ome out and make their way giving back what they receive, better to see that in future ton treat the THUGGS IN THEIR WAY. Modaya

  30. Sangeetha is a gold digger. Before marrying this guy, she lived together with many wealthy guys. One was the son of Multilac paints. Sangeetha was always after money. She has no class neither her sister the drug addict. Everyone living around her house knows what kind of a “loving” family she comes from. I think Sangeetha is paying the price for the ill-treatment she gave on those poor girls who workd for her Studios in Panadura. She used to cut their salaries even if they were 10mts late to arrive for work. Sangeetha didn’t have an ouce of brain to understand that those poor girls were using public transport to come for work. The way she spoke (shouted) at the girls were really appalling.

    Even during her school years, the teathers knew that she was a bloody “Air Headed” person all ‘coz her father was Thimothy Weerarathna. She may have thought her father was above all in the film industry. I know this ‘coz I was also in her class at St John’s Girl’s school Panadura. She is actually a disgrace to the entire school. She has no class. Just a bimbo who tried so hard to become Mr MR’s mistress. She failed and now trying to get revenge!

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  32. I feel sorry for the security guard who sustained serious injuries. who will help him and his family?

  33. Gayan

    The Sri Lankan “free media” doctrone.

    1. Write lies
    2. Lies lose public support & sympathy
    3.Loss of public support leads to loss of revenue, respect and agulation
    4.Stage an attack with highest loss of property.
    5.Claim Insurance to cover the loss of revenue, blame the “authorities/govt to manufacture sysmaphy and reclaim agulation with foriegn/Western awards.

    Examples -Sirasa /Sunday Leader / LankaEnews

    Good bless our motherland!

  34. LOLLLA

    this is sunday leader after all, anybody knows the real story from a good media?
    These guys are writing for bribes of a lunch packet and arrack bottle

  35. THOSE WHO REVEALING OR TRYING TO REVEAL ANY KIND OF CORRUPTIONS DOING BY RULING GROUP,THIS IS THE RESPONSE.IT HAPPENED BEFORE SO MANY TIMES,DOZENS OF WRITERS KILLED,KIDNAPPED,TORTURED,DISAPEARED,STILL THE SITUATION NOT CHANGED,BECAUSE RULERS ARE THE SAME.THEY ARE FEARFULL TO PRESS FOR REVEALING THEIR HUGE CORRUPTIONS IN MILLIONS OF DOLLERS FROM POOR PEOPLES POCKETS.

    WHO DOESN’T KNOW WHO ARE BEHIND THESE ATTACTS?.ASK FROM ANY SRI LANKAN,

    WAR HEROS ARE MASS KILLERS,THAT’S WHY THEY NAMED AS WAR HEROS.NOW THEY ARE THE TOP LEVEL THEIVES IN THE COUNTRY.

  36. DOZEN MEN WITH T 56 MECHINE GUNS CAME AND DESTROYED THE MATERIALS OF THIS TV AND RADIO CENTER.VERY EASY TO UNDESTAND THAT THIS DONE BY WHO HAS HIGH POSITION IN DEFENCE MINISTRY.AND WHO HAS A LOT OF TO HIDE FROM MEDIA AND PEOPLE.SRI LANKA IS ALREADY BECAME IDI AMIN’S UGANDA.

  37. san

    Mr True Buddist,

    When i see your comment “WAR HEROS ARE MASS KILLERS”

    Then I am in doubt that, you are a Tamil speaking true buddist?

  38. josh

    lol.. and we all know who this strong arm politician is..

    Mr. Handsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Jerry.

    Friends please be very carefull when you accuse Gotha & co. we all know they are the real culprits, now they can say that the house you are living belongs to the Tigers or its with their money you baught the house & take it saying that it is for the Govt. but in reality will belong to Gota & Bros.

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