13th October 2002, Volume 9, Issue 13

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Twists and turns in political chess game

By Suranimala

  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.

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CBK threatens MSD director  with death

President 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.

The 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.

Notorious underworld criminal Baddegana Sanjeewa too was in Kumaratunga’s security contingent in 1994.


A 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                             

Photo by Asoka Fernando

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Wild west show in Colombo

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 safety.

"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.

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