Twists and turns in
political chess game
While President Chandrika Kumaratunga moved last week to sow the seeds
of dissension within government ranks, it was confusion all round both
in government and opposition, with the country facing the prospect of
a prolonged period of instability.
threatens MSD director with
Chandrika Kumaratunga last week threatened Director Ministerial Security
Division, SSP Jayantha Jayasinghe with death after the CID commenced
investigations on a complaint made by Jayasinghe into a missing T-56
weapon taken possession of by her former PSD chief Nihal Karunaratne.
T-56 weapon with 100 rounds of ammunition were according to MSD records
taken possession of by Nihal Karunaratne in 1994 when he was heading the
security team of Kumaratunga who was chief minister of the Western
Province at the time.
underworld criminal Baddegana Sanjeewa too was in Kumaratunga’s
security contingent in 1994.
notable absentee at last week’s joint opposition protest against the
government’s privatisation programme was Anura Bandaranaike. All the
opposition big guns were present including Opposition Leader Mahinda
Rajapakse, JVP Group Leader Wimal Weeravansha,
MEP Leader Dinesh Gunawardena and Sihala Urumaya Leader Thilak
Karunaratne, among others
by Asoka Fernando
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By Frederica Jansz
A crackdown on firearms owned by private
individuals has resulted in the police admitting that a large number
of weapons, mostly .9mm pistols have been issued by the Interior
Ministry to various wealthy business magnates for reasons of personal
"People have been issued with so many weapons of
this nature we do not even have a clue how many such guns are in the
possession of private individuals," SSP D. P. L. Dissanayake in
charge of Colombo Central said.