The Sunday Leader

Daya Master Making Millions While On Bail

By Faraz Shauketaly in Jaffna

Sections of Daya Master’s Rs. 5 mn home coming up in Point Pedro and Daya Master

Sections of Daya Master’s Rs. 5 mn home coming up in Point Pedro and Daya Master

Daya Master, the LTTE’s Media Spokesman and Principal Liaison Officer, is in the money – so to speak. Ever since he surrendered to the Sri Lanka Army – he walked out along with scores of bona fide civilians fleeing the war zone – Daya Master’s fortunes have been on the up and up.
The Sunday Leader can reveal that the former English tuition master turned LTTE media-supremo, has made millions after his ‘arrest.’ In Point Pedro, about 34 km out of Central Jaffna, Daya Master is in the final stages of building his new house. The cost? An estimated Rs. 5 million – not much by Colombo standards, but an awful lot in Point Pedro. Daya Master was quick to point out that the legal ownership of the house now being rebuilt is in fact vested in his sister’s name.
Serious questions are being asked not only in Sri Lanka but internationally, as to exactly what happened to the funds that were in the coffers of the LTTE at the end of the war. The return of ‘KP’ —  Prabhakaran’s successor — to Sri Lanka only fanned the flames of speculation with charges abounding that ‘KP’ had struck a deal with the government. In various interviews, ‘KP’ has maintained that no such deal was struck and he has no knowledge of the LTTE arsenal of funds and assets.
Velayutham Thayanidhi – Daya Master’s real name – told us that he lives quietly in Point Pedro, in a house that is owned by his wife. Mrs Thayanidhi is a school teacher, working locally – teaching at the Vada Hindu College – where the local gossip maintains that Mrs. Thayanidhi, who is a graduate teacher, is angling to be appointed the popular schools’ principal; using her husbands’ close links to the Rajapaksa regime as her qualification.
While ‘KP’ told us that he “feels” for and indeed was moved to tears, when he saw for himself the plight of innocent civilians housed at Menik Farm, Daya Master appears to have forged a whole new life with all the comforts to boot. His unfortunate brethren, still languishing in the heat, misery and squalor of temporary homes within the IDP camps, all but forgotten.
Politics they say makes for strange bedfellows. In the hay days of the LTTE, when they virtually ruled the northern peninsula of Sri Lanka and when they perpetrated absolute terror on the lives of all Sri Lankans, one of the prime targets was MP Douglas Devananda. No less than four attempts were made to assassinate him, including sending a suicide bomber to his office in Colpetty.
Today, in the new Sri Lanka of a post-war era and a liberated northern peninsula – albeit under heavy armed forces occupation – Daya Master has, ironically found employment with DAN TV, a Tamil language satellite based TV channel, for long and popularly associated with Devananda’s EPDP. Daya Master works out of the TV channels’ regional studio in Jaffna, as a news compiler. DAN TV has its origins in Paris, France and was the first channel to broadcast focused on the Tamil speaking viewer. It claims to be available to viewers not only by satellite direct-to-home (DTH) transmission, but also terrestrially in Jaffna and Vavuniya.
Daya Master underwent surgery for a heart ailment in Colombo and in his post-war retirement, obtains regular treatment at the Point Pedro Hospital. He claims to rarely visit Colombo, citing a lack of time. He told The Sunday Leader that “life is good now” and that he is very happy; his mother, he said also lives nearby, completing the cosy family life for him.
Medical treatment for his heart condition is available at the Point Pedro Hospital he told us, meaning there was no need to travel to Colombo regularly. As in all wars, the civilians who played no direct role in the conflict other than to stand-by and be used and abused by both factions, are all but forgotten and indeed ignored by their LTTE masters. To a large extent, also ignored by their political masters in Colombo, who recognise that unlike ‘KP’, Daya Master and other prominent LTTE members, civilians have no real benefit to give the South.
Their needs therefore come in a poor last in terms of facilities and benefits. Reliable sources told us that Daya Master is one of the most prominent and emerging power brokers in Jaffna and predicted that with the emergence of ‘KP’, Daya Master too will be a serious force to be reckoned with in the immediate term.

47 Comments for “Daya Master Making Millions While On Bail”

  1. Mother Lanka

    This is “Tsunamioans” country my friends.

  2. roshan

    Terror is out hero is in what a sri lanka big joke

  3. It is acceptable that he enjoys life now, as he was not guilty of any killing.
    He was only a media spokesman and a Liaison officer for the LTTE.
    Provided of course he did not get this money by any foul means- from the Govt.
    or EPDP who has blood in its hands.

    Even Nadesn was only a poltical figure, but he was not that lucky.
    In this world omly a few are lucky.

    • Mother Lanka

      But knowingly he commited the offence that he himself suporting to a “Terrorist Organization” OK.

      • Ruwan Ferdinandez

        He accepted the government’s offer of amnesty and surrendered, the government is duty bound in looking after him. Then he’s given crucial tips on the locations where Prabha and his terror gang loiter around. He deserves more. This is why he is being looked after well. The rest of the silly gang could ahve done the same job, without waiting for the last minute shooting at innocent civilains and the sodiers.

        • rod

          are you drunk when you write these stupid comments? Have you been smoking something from Afghanistan?

  4. BANDA

    This guy aided and abetted killing of thousands of people – destroyed our island- now he lives in PEACE. Where is so called GOD ?????????

  5. Maniwadu

    K.P. Daya Master and the other TOP former or present LTTE guys are very dangerous. Keeping them in good health and good wealth by Gotabya is going to make him a FOOL one of these days. Taste of the Pudding is when you eat it. LTTE Terror gang is in good places the Hero who eliminated the LTTE in the prison. This is the wonderful Sri Lanka.

    • Ruwan Ferdinandez

      KP and the lot are not as dangerous as Fonseka now. KP and the lot seeks protection from their own civilians when they walk about. Yes it looks like they could do the whole thing again but in reality, they will never enjoy that freedom 100m away from police. The people having suffered enough will not listen to them anymore.Fonseka spits venom and speaks filth. His words contributed heavily to the UN panel and GSP+. If he could keep his gob shut, he could most probably enjoy the liberalism that other do.

      • Justitia Omnibus

        Does it take a special skill to talk arrant nonsense? Or does it pay well when it constitutes government propaganda?

        “LIBERALISM?” As practiced by whom? The Rajapaksas?

        Give me a break!

        • Ruwan Ferdinandez

          So you don’t want Fonseka to enjoy a bit of a freedom then, do you? Are you from HiCorp or simply paid by Fonseka’s wealth? He did earn a lot by all the deals. Because you have no substance iether in your write up , just like Fonseka. He was going on and on about the legality (or illegality) of the military court but he could not substantiate his defence to the charges levelled at him.

      • ruwan fernandez,we are proud of you !! You are far better than other srilankans,you are very courrages to insult Sarath Fonseka.get a job from dr.mervyn silva or from wimal weerawansa.you deserve it.

  6. LankaLiar

    Cant we tie him to a tree

  7. Yes, Daya Master is lucky, but not so lucky are Yogi, Balakumar, Lawrance Thilakar, Poet Puthuvai Ratnathurai, Ilankumaran (Baby Subramaniam) and more. They were summarily executed by the military intelligence after they surrendered to the army on the 17th of May, 2009. Bucket full of blood is in the hands of Rajapakses and Sarath Fonseka. This is the tragedy when devils rule the country!

  8. THIS IS WHAT ALL ABOUT POLITICS.NO ONE SURPRISED?.

  9. Tamar

    Daya master, even when he was a liaison or media spokesperson, maintained decency. He is a ‘religious’ person. May be at the right time he took to heart what is good. There is no harm even if the GoSL is helping him. It is the duty of the Govt. to do so. Those who write anti-govt feelings and go to the extent of spilling venom all over do not do any good. Thanks to Mahinda Chintana that embraces everyone including Daya Master and KP. Let there be communal harmony, mutual respect and love for one another. Please leave aside all kinds of revenge and nasty venom. Let us live in peace and with dignity.

  10. Daya Master gave millions to Gota

  11. Aseerwatham

    Shame on you, the writer of this article! When you present a story you should not do it for the sake of amusement. I know the full story of the house you are referring to. It is a house being built by Daya Master’s sister who is abroad. You yourself have stated that in an indirect way. Daya Master has a good house to live in, his wife’s. His mother has another house. Please don’t try to give a negative picture. What you are involved in is “cheap journalism” Over to you, Sunday Leader Editor. Please maintain your dignity by not allowing such articles which are one-sided. Those who write should make queries from people before they publish. I am one who always appreciates The Leader for its forthrightness because it investigates fully before it presents articles.

    Now, what this write gave us is a blatant lie. Please refrain from doing so. Please do not try to victimize people who try to lead peaceful living.

    • Lola

      Thank you for telling the other side of the story. SundayLeader must make sure the stories published are true.

  12. Lankan

    The Rajapaksa family is buying crown land all over Srilanka. Are they buying millions of Rupees worth of land out of their MP salaries?
    Common guys.. You have no guts to question them. Period.

    • fuki

      bring proof to question not just shooting in the air! for sunday leader anyone getting in its path they will make wild alligations without any proof.

    • M.H.Sheriff

      Exactly Said Lankan , The Brave Media Lanka Irida is still harrased for doing & investigative journalism into the properties at Deniyaya by MR-Clan.

  13. godbless srilanka

    How many inncoent tamil boys and girls are in the prision saying LTTE suspects, but the real terrorist are living luxary live. Please , all these kids and young boys and girls are led by LTTE SO CALL ED LEADERS AND ALL ARE WITH GOVERNMENT. Please relase these innocent cvilians.

  14. DAYA MASTER HAS A MASTER MIND.HE WAS A ENGLISH TEACHER,NOT A IDIOT LIKE MANY OTHERS.HE KNOPWS HOW TO MAKE LIFE BETTER.IT IS GOOD THINKING.ALL PEOPLE DO ALL THE THINGS,TO GET LIFE BETTER.WITHOUT CRYING FOR THE PAST,HE IS NOW READY TO FACE THE FUTURE WITH PRACTICAL PLANS,WHICH IS WORKING ACCORDING TO THIS REPORT.LET OTHER ALSO DO THE SAME THINKING AND GET PROSPER,WITHOUT DESTRUCTION THINKING.

  15. MANY THINKING TO KEEP LTTE ALIVE,BUT DAYA MASTER AND COLONEL KARUNA DO THE RIGHT THING,THEY MAKE THINGS TO FORGET THE LTTE AND CREATE NEW LIFE FOR THEM AND OTHERS.THEY ARE VERY WISE THAN MANY OTHERS.

  16. simple simon

    Nakkeeran, my condolences about Baby Subramaniam and all of them . However Iam not all that much weeping for them I must admit. After all the intransigience of the LTTE when succesive governments were bending backwards and even giving their backs cost tens of thousands of lives of both Sinhalese and Tamils.

  17. sera

    How long ?
    Wait and see ? How tigers will rise again…

  18. Lasantha Wickramathunga

    I was the Sinhala Media spokesman of LTTE. Now I have being severely punished in the Hell for my traitorous acts.

    Lasantha from Hell

    • Umesh

      Lasantha:

      You use honourable person’s name to insult him while he is not alive. You are one of the war criminals who should be punished one day.

  19. STUPID IRNARANT TAMILS LIVING IN CANADA AND EU AND ALL OVER THE WORLD DO U STILL DID UNDERSTAND LTTE WAS IS AND WILL BE DOING BUSINESS. THEY ALL PORN TAMILS FOR THEIR BENFIT. NOT ONLY LTTE HOW ABOUT VAKO HE DID THE SAME THING TO GAIN POLITICAL VICTORY HE LET PRABAKARAN GO TO HELL. WHEN IT OPEN UP HE START TALKING ABOUT WAR CRIMES TO COVER UP HIS GREEDYNESS.
    IF PRABAKANRAN LIVE TODAY HE IS LUIKE THOSE GREEDY LTTERS TOO HE MIGHT BE LIVING IN BAHAMAS OR NORWAY DRINKING COOLADE AND EATING STAKE. WHILE THOUSANDS OF POOR PEOPLE LIVING IN CAMPS.
    TAMIL DEPORA OPE UR EYES

  20. PLEASE SOME WITH COMMON SENSE ANSWER THESE QUESTION PLEASE

    (1) WHY PRABAKARAN TRY TO SURENDER TO ARM LAST MOMENT. WHAT HAPPEN IF COMMON LTTE R TRY TO DO THAT. WHERE THAT POOR FELA ENDED UP.
    (2) HOW LTTE COLLECT 200 KG OF GOLD. WHERE THEY COME FORM.
    FROM INDIA , BANK OK CEYLON, OR THEY STOLE FROM POOR TAMIL PEOPLE
    (3) WHY SOME LTTE SUPPORTER STILL TRY START LTTE AGAIN
    (A) BECAUSE THEIR ASYLUM VISAS NOT YET FINISH
    (B) THEY STILL WANT TO LIVE THEIR LUXARY LIFE WITHOUT JOB 4 Car garge 5000 square foot lake houses in europe.
    (c) how prabakan send her daugjhter to university in england how is earn that much money what type of job he did last 20 years
    please answer with common sense

  21. Yogi, Balakumar, Lawrance Thilakar, Poet Puthuvai Ratnathurai, Ilankumaran (Baby Subramaniam) and more

    they all LTTE members why u dont talk about 100000 people who killed by LTTE for their personal gain. what happen to the people lost thir legs arms for ltte land mines. why they are not humans.
    please open ur eyes at least noW LTTE NEVER COME BACK GOTA BA YA WILL TAKE CARE OF THEM THE SAME WAY HE DID IN MAY 17 THERE FOR DONT THINK ABOUT IT.
    JUST FIND EASY WAY TO GO TO CANDA OR NORWAY AND WASH CARS WORKING IN GROCERY STORE OR CLEANING TOILETS AND LIVE.
    IF U HAVE ANY CONNECTION TO LTTE DONT TRY TO COME TO SRILANKA THEY HAVE UR NAME IN AIRPORT AND STRAIGHT TAKE U TO JAIL

    • Umesh

      KP you are not only associating with war criminals, but also associates with terrorists. War criminals are worse than terrorists. I have never heard any terrorist ever killed 30-40 thousands civilians by war criminals. Good citizen around the world needs just for the vicitims.

  22. Umesh

    Karuna, Pillian, KP, and Daya Master are doing what is good for thier own personal survival. If anyone ever believen fake tears for the suffering of Tamils, they are letting themselves to get fooled. Their benefits are reward for their corporation to suppress Tamils and to justify injustice caused the the regime.

  23. LankanLion

    Traitor and criminals are thriving under the leadership of MR. He himself has proved his quality by an attempt to steal Tsunami fund…

  24. MaPer

    Daya M belongs to the Rajapaksa Patriotic front – unlike Fonseka.

  25. CW

    Lankalion sounds like Mongrel Samaraweera. Only sound no fire. No proof, but only talk.Damp squibb.

  26. Duwana Siri

    What is the difference between Daya Master and Wimal Weerawansa? Both are members of terrorist groups at one time. Wimal indulged in JVP terror on his own but it is said that Daya Master was forced to work for the Kotiya under the barrel of the T56. So if this “Thunmulle Chandiya” of one time can build castles why not this one time English Master? At least he is not “Sakvithi Hora”

  27. Loku Banda

    He He look at all the Sinhalese all indignant about this. What about all the murderers who killed the Tamils in 1983. You Sinhalese people need to do some soul searching. As for Daya master all LTTE head honchos all are crooks.

  28. ranjan hurulle

    This guy was a part of the LTTE leadership. If we are a country of laws , he should be in a cell awaiting a trial at the highest court of the land. KP should be at the front of the line.

    What is our opposition doing without fighting for this in the legal way?

  29. Nan

    1983 riot issue.
    The FAKE Loku Banda seems to have a small brain .

    It was the LTTE gang who killed the SL soldiers on DUTY in 83
    & set up the spark on communal violence.

    unfortunatly some innocent tamils died so also the innocent SL soldiers!!!

    These are also humans !

    You try to this kind of crime any where in the world & C what will happens; no matter if in INDIA / Us or else where .

    Tkx to the present Govt. we got RID of the MURDERES GANG OF LTTE.

    With CBK / Ranil / Mangala / (p)Fonseka / TNA & other traitors SL would be down the drain lond time ago!

    Tkx to Gota / MR & the best performing Defence forces of the world, we are a FREE & proud cnation today where SL citizens of all origins live in peace !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Drake

    Good for you Mr. Master – live in peace and help all those you hurt in the past. To those shouting about Sarath Fonseka, wake-up and smell the crook! Sarath Fonseka is an idiot who tried to bite the hand that was feeding him…fool!

  31. Ruwan Ferdinandez

    My friend N Jayewardene, advisor to former head of Intelligence, provided me the file on Daya Master. However, I do not trust him

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