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JVP Blames Govt. For Katuwana Shooting

  • Fingers Point At Underworld Leader

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema

The JVP says the government is responsible for the shooting incident in Katuwana, Hambantota on Friday (15) evening that killed two persons and injured a few others and also caused damage to 10 vehicles.
JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that underworld groups affiliated to the government continuously harassed people in the Beliatte, Walasmulla and Katuwana areas.
“The situation was worse during the last elections and some of these goons even spoke on government election platforms in support of certain members in the government,” he said.
He explained that a group of persons carrying weapons cannot travel about freely and spray bullets at a political meeting in the Medamulana area without the support of the government since there are many police and army personnel deployed to provide security to the area.
According to Silva, the government was maintaining a group of underworld figurers after destroying all others who stand against them.
However, he said the government cannot shirk responsibility for the shooting incident and the loss of life.
Two people, 17 year old Nimantha Heshantha and 50 year old Edirimannage Malani were killed when an armed gang who had arrived on motorbikes had sprayed bullets at a JVP meeting in Katuwana at a round 7 p.m. on Friday evening.
Another person who had been shot during the incident is currently being treated at the Embilipitiya Hospital.
Seven motorbikes, two three wheelers and a mini DIMO lorry that were parked near the venue of the meeting at the time of the shoot out have also been damaged.
JVP parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that about eight people had arrived at the venue in four motorbikes and fired at the people with T-56 weapons.
He said the people in the area had identified the suspects who were responsible for the attack and also claimed that they were now being protected by members of the government. Meanwhile, Silva denied the statement made by certain sections in the government that the shooting incident was a result of an internal clash in the JVP.
He said the government was quick to make a statement about the persons responsible for the attack even before a police investigation had been conducted.
“Eye witnesses at the scene have given statements to the police with names and details of the persons who had carried out the attack and it is now up to the police to enforce the law,” Silva observed. The police said that investigations into the shooting incident are still ongoing.
Police Spokesperson SP Ajith Rohana said that four police teams have been assigned to investigate the incident and that statements have been recorded from 28 eye witnesses as of yesterday. Police, Special Task Force (STF) and Army personnel were also deployed yesterday (16) to search the area.
When inquired if the name of an underworld leader in the area had been revealed to the police by the eyewitnesses, SP Rohana admitted that a name of a notorious character in the area had been recorded by the police in eyewitness statements.
However, he said that the persons name cannot be categorically mentioned since there were several others who had been involved in the shooting incident.
“But, one name has been given in a statement,” SP Rohana said.
An article about the underworld leader who is allegedly involved in the attack had meanwhile appeared in a JVP affiliated weekly newspaper several weeks back. The JVP is to organize a protest campaign island wide against what it calls the undemocratic actions of the government and the first protest is to be held in Colombo on Tuesday (19).

7 Comments for “JVP Blames Govt. For Katuwana Shooting”

  1. Jo

    RAJA PARAYA HAD PHONE FROM CUBA AND GIVEN INSTRUCTIONS TO PROVIDE STF GUARD FOR THIS MOST WANTED CRIMINAL MURDERER AND RAPIST IN BELIATHA WHO MURDERED JVP SUPPORTERS,

  2. LIMA

    SO WE WILL WAIT AND SEE WHO IS BEEN ARRESTED, WHO ARE THE SOURCE BEHIND THESE MOVES, WE WILL SEE THE UNIFORMED POLICE PERSONNEL DO AN INDEPENDENT JOB OR BIASED DUE TO FEAR , WHERE WE GO IF SUCH THINGS HAPPEN , SO MUCH OF WORRY FOR EVERY CITIZEN OF SL.

  3. Jayantha

    Everyone should condemn crimes like this and it is a responsibility of a civilized society to punish the culprits.

  4. Ian D.S

    What else can you expect from a totally corrupt government who is now loosing its control due to it mass scale corrupt activities. The mass-disinformation monkey was quick to whitewash the corrupt masters even without verifying what has happened, but then again that’s his Job as the personal Dobhi of the “family”.

    This country has only a thin veil of democracy for the world to see , under this veil there is a mass scale corrupt system with the collusion of the leader of the main opposition where elections will never be held under independent commissions. Why cannot ALL opposition parties boycott all future elections until the independent commissions are established. Why are they not challenging the holding of elections without the establishment of independent commissions in the supreme court (Not that it will help), but at lease we can see the independence of the judicial system in Sri Lanka if it exists or not. This is a constitutional requirement.
    Future election can only be won by this corrupt regime through threats, intimidation and and mass scale rigging at which this government are masters at, but are they aware of the deep resentment of the people of this country who are finding it difficult to get three square meals a day, who watch the rich get filthy rich and nakedly flaunt their ill gotten lucre, let,s hope that their days are numbered.

  5. Fonseka

    Hip Hip Horray!!!! THIS IS THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

  6. First it was the Tamils who were treated very badly which is still going on with the approval & guidence, then came the Mouslims turn eventhough they were on the fence & jumped both ways as usual with Mouslims, now come the Sinhalese turn, this is good becouse the Sinhalese will know what the Tamils are undergoing. Rajapaksa Regime will get their turn to be kicked out very soon. This can’t be going on for ever, an end is in sight.

    • Mervyn Keppitipola

      You are an idiot of the highest order. The government fought the LTTE and not the Tamils. The Muslims have always been on the side of the state, still are, ever since the Donamoor constitution. There is no fence.

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