to the rhetoric of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and that of some
members of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) there is
but one overwhelming factor that emerges. And that is the JVP's
finesse, like that of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, to lie.
by an unquenchable thirst for power and the undeniable fact that
it can never independently assume the trappings of complete power,
the JVP has but only one end result to its deadly game of cat and
mouse with the People's Alliance. That is to win the April 2
general election at any cost.
diggers and murderers forsooth, the stage is set as far as the JVP
is concerned, for their historic entry into forming the next
government. The ravings of Wimal Weerawansa, spokesperson and
former MP of the JVP, are easily the most abusive, contradictory
and selfish statements made by any politician on present election
Weerawansa's diatribe against fellow politicians and members of
the independent media, a single image is conjured. That Weerawansa
is no better, if only worse than Sri Lanka's large multitude of
politicos who will sink to the lowest depths to articulate lies,
and more damning lies.
is Weerawansa who it was proved, shared a joint bank account at
the People's Bank Nugegoda with Media Information Secretary to
Mangala Samaraweera, Ruwan Ferdinandez.
number 0174 165 006 8569 at the People's Bank Nugegoda was jointly
held by T.G.R.P. Ferdinandez and W. Weerawansa. As of September
31, 2001, the carried forward balance in this account was Rs.
in the late 1980s was the leader of the JVP's armed section for
the Matara District. He was later appointed as financial secretary
to the JVP.
bank account opened in the mid 1990s was established as a joint
current account with Wimal Weerawansa. Before he began working for
Mangala Samaraweera, Ferdinandez was an active and important
member of the JVP. In fact, Ferdinandez was one of the JVP's most
trusted lieutenants together with party diehards like Wimal
Weerawansa alias N. Gamlath.
proved his immense capacity to utter the most diabolical lies when
he totally denied sharing this account with Ferdinandez despite
available documentary evidence and the confirmation from senior
bank officials at the People's Bank, Nugegoda.
to say that Somawansa Amarasinghe, the present leader of the JVP,
has the temerity to stand before the public and espouse the causes
of bribery and corruption is hardly any cause for comment as
Amarasinghe, a blackguard even within the ranks of the JVP, can no
longer be credited with any single statement, given his proven
track record of being nothing but a common thief. As we have
already pointed out with documentary evidence, Amarasinghe not
only masterminded massive gold thefts for the JVP but stole for
his own personal booty from the JVP loot as well.
gold heists and his having led an 'assassination clique' which
eliminated thousands of government supporters and any who refused
to bow to the fear psychosis initiated by the JVP can hardly be
forgotten a mere decade later by a nation that wept bitter tears
and shook with fear at the very mention of the words 'Janatha
it would be the understatement of the decade if it is not said
that the JVP a decade ago succeeded in placing a stop gap on Sri
Lanka's development and social progress by at least 10 years. It
is this same party that is now espousing the causes of
development, social and cultural growth for Sri Lankans after
having systematically bled the nation of any futuristic progress.
would indeed be refreshing if Weerawansa finds it prudent to
explain why the JVP chose to mercilessly murder 50 school
principals between 1988 and 1989, as well as a number of tea
planters and important government servants, members of the clergy
as well as a host of politicians (see box for names of murdered
school principals and leading politicians).
is perhaps prudent to remember the cold-blooded killing of
Superintendent, Silverdale Estate in Akuressa, F.W. Jayawardena on
February 26, 1988. His killing was followed with the murder of
Superintendent, Pasgoda Tea Factory in Urubokka, Malen Alles on
July 2, 1988. Exactly seven days later on July 9, 1988,
Superintendent, Galkaduwehehna Estate Mirissa at Weligama,
Premaratne Bandara was also shot dead by a JVP assassin.
killing was followed by the assassination of Superintendent,
Sirisumana Estate at Akmeemana, D.R. Senanayake on August 31, 1988
and on January 25, 1989, Superintendent, Elpitiya Estate, G. N. de
Almeida was shot dead. Superintendent, Aislaby Estate at
Bandarawela, Nimal Hettiarachchi was shot dead on February 4, 1989
and on February 18, that year Superintendent, Vilehena Estate at
Ahangama, Ranjith Kumara Dayananda was killed. Superintendent,
Luke Estate at Wellava, Lalith Gunaratne was killed on February
29, 1989 and Superintendent, Kurukkuwatana Estate at Madampe, J.
Michael was the next victim of the JVP's hit squad on March 3,
days later on March 9, 1989, the JVP killed Superintendent,
Hanford Estate at Deniyaya, Senaka Gunawardena and continued its
killing spree by murdering Nadarajah, the retired chief clerk of
Mado-Elle Estate at Panwila on March 19, 1989.
Talgaswala Estate, A. Dissanayake was killed by the JVP at Nagoda
on September 12, 1989 and Superintendent, Nugegodawatte Estate,
K.P. Premadasa was shot dead at Nittambuwa on September 15, 1989.
Superintendent, Thundola Estate, Hapugoda was killed at
Meegahatenna on June 7, 1989.
men were all killed because they placed duty before life and
refused to cower in the face of cowardly dictates by the JVP whose
terror tactics were well shielded by the point of a gun.
more victims were to fall to the JVP assassins' bullets who during
that period mercilessly gunned down any man or woman who had the
courage to carry on with their public duties despite a deadly chit
system by the JVP to keep away from work.
is for this same reason that Chief Engineer attached to the
Colombo Port Authority, D. C. Athukorale was shot dead at Welikada
on November 17, 1988. Working Director, Salt Corporation, E.
Liayana Pathirana was killed on June 22, 1989 at Opanayake and
Chairperson, State Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Gladys Jayawardena
was shot dead at Slave Island on September 12, 1989.
now hear the JVP wax eloquent about the police and servicemen
serves to bring into sharp focus the murder of hundreds of
policemen and servicemen by the JVP who could not tolerate their
allegiance to the call of duty.
is in the same manner the JVP ruthlessly gunned down 102 SLFP
supporters, 64 loyalists of the United Socialist Alliance
including its Leader, Vijaya Kumaratunga and 98 home-guards during
the period from 1987 to 1992.
of Buddhist monks
have previously detailed how the JVP which now preaches the dhamma,
beginning in December 1988 upto December 1989, gunned down 30
Weerawansa has recently been placed on record as saying that the
JVP was "shaped by Buddhist culture and not Marxism." He
even stated that his party was founded on a poya day, attempting
to prove its servility to the Sinhala-Buddhist calendar.
Weerawansa however conveniently forgets to mention the
cold-blooded murders of the 30 Buddhist monks by the JVP in the
year 1989 only.
JVP, he has further said, is a "nativist" party, taking
only certain things from Marxism and adapting them to suit local
Sri Lankan conditions.
also claims the primary aim of the SLFP-JVP alliance is to start a
"cultural journey." He said the JVP intends to begin a
pristine Sinhala-Buddhist culture which existed prior to 1505,
referring to when the Portuguese landed in Sri Lanka and forcibly
Christianised and Westernised the country.
having ruled by the gun appears to have yet not put aside his
weapon given his recent antics at the offices of Commerce Minister
Ravi Karunanayake. The question that begs answer is if it is this
"cultural journey" Weerawansa plans to embark Sri Lanka
how DIG Premadasa Udugampola who finally turned his gun and men on
the JVP was born? The JVP on July 24, 1988 attacked his ancestral
home at Poddala and burned alive his mother, brother,
sister-in-law and two small children to ashes.
organisation also shot dead leading industrialists of the calibre
of the Shanmugam brothers who were assassinated at Pettah on
February 6, 1989, K. Gunaratnam at Maradana on August 9, 1989 and
exactly nine days later, Director, Hebtulabhoy Company, Shabeer
Hussain at Kohuwela on August 18, 1989.
the JVP's 'assassination clique' according to Srimathi Chitrangani
Wijeweera, wife of Rohana Wijeweera, did not stop there. They even
killed foreigners who paid the final price for refusing to close
their industries on the orders of the JVP.
and Mrs. Banshall, two Indian citizens working at the Pelwatta
Sugar factory were shot dead by the JVP on November 23, 1988 at
Siyambalanduwa. The Banshalls were two Indian citizens working at
the sugar factory. The JVP then proceeded to murder on June 23,
1989 D. K. Sundaram, also an Indian businessman and P. Nadar
Weeramuni, also Indian. Both were shot dead on the same day at
was followed with another murder on the anniversary of the
Banshalls killing. Exactly one year later on November 23, 1989,
Ann Herchoi, an engineer attached to a Korean construction project
was shot dead at Gokarella for continuing with her work despite a
chit by the JVP ordering her to stop carrying out her duties.
JVP's inhuman hunt for servicemen resulted in the gunning down of
209 service personnel and 342 police personnel. Today, the JVP
pledges strong allegiance to the security forces. Their words
however fall hollow in the wake of a bloody trail the JVP
initiated in 1989 to condemn to death security forces personnel
of the more notable police and service personnel killed by the
subversive group included the assassination of DIG Terrance Perera,
who was director of the counter subversive division. He was shot
dead on December 12, 1987 at Talangama. DIG Bennet Perera, one
time director, CID was the JVP's next victim and was gunned down
at Mount Lavinia on May 1, 1989. On August 23, 1989, the Transport
Minister's Security Officer, ASP Shahabdeen, was killed by a JVP
assassin and on September 12, 1989, Captain B.M. Perera of the
military police was shot dead at Moratuwa.
JVP, since the start of their campaign of terror in 1987, and even
before that, had hailed the security forces as the heroes who were
preventing the separation of the country by waging war against the
Tamil terrorists. In 1989, the JVP began to condemn to death not
only these very heroes, but also members of their families.
JVP for once however knew that they had made a fatal mistake. No
sooner had they issued death threats to the families of the
servicemen, posters appeared all over the country announcing,
"Ape ekata thope dolahak!" (Twelve of yours for one of
vigilante group known as the Deshapremi Sinhala Tharuna Peramuna
(Patriotic Sinhala Youth Front) under whose name the 12 to one
posters appeared, also circulated a note to the families of JVPers,
which read as follows:
know that your son/brother/husband is engaged in brutal murder
under the pretence of patriotism. Your son/brother/husband, the
so-called patriot, has cruelly taken the lives of mothers like
you, of sisters, of innocent little children. In addition he has
started killing the family members of the heroic Sinhalese
soldiers who fought with the Tamil Tigers and sacrificed their
lives, in order to protect the motherland.
is not amongst us, ourselves, the Sinhalese people, that your
son/brother/husband has launched the conflict in the name of
patriotism? Is it then right that you, the wife/mother/sister of
this person who engages in human murder of children should be free
to live? Is it not justified to put you to death? From this
moment, you and all your family members must be ready to die. May
you attain nirvana!
Sinhala Youth Front."
the JVP is far from changing its terror image was clearly
displayed recently when Wimal Weerawansa armed with a gun broke
into the offices of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, Ravi
Karunanayake on March 11, 2004. He proceeded to vandalise the
property and then to brandish his gun at Attorney-at-Law, Gamini
Dharmadasa shouting, "I will kill both you and your
has got off scot-free. Despite his disgraceful behaviour, the
police unfortunately have once more proved it does not have the
mettle to enforce the law, but is well and truly a force that has
long lost sight of the fact that it is duty bound as a law
enforcement authority to ensure the law is indeed implemented.
Karunanayake has now written to Chairman, Police Commission,
Ranjit Abeysuriya drawing his attention to the partial conduct of
DIG Jayantha Wickramaratne in the incident.
his letter Karunanayake has outlined some of the more salient
facts about this incident, reiterating how Weerawansa misled the
Welikada police by saying mud slinging posters were being printed
against him at a house at Rajagiriya and then led the cops to
OIC for Welikada and SSP Bandara who were witness to the damage
caused to Karunanayake's office reported the incident naming
Weerawansa and JVP MP Vijitha Herath as well as other JVP thugs.
personal security officer, Priyantha Gunasekera had pointed a
pistol at Karunanayake's security and telephonist present at the
office and forcibly prevented them from speaking to Karunanayake.
Weerawansa himself carrying a pistol pointed it at Gamini
Dharmadasa and threatened him with death while other JVP thugs
held a hand bomb at the ready.
three-wheeler bearing number 205/3894 taken into police custody
carried 11 live cartridges, a prescription detailing medical
treatment taken for Wimal Weerawansa's daughter, mud slinging
posters on the death of Venerable Gangodawila Soma Thera, wall
posters of Colombo District JVP candidates and a cassette of
charges that DIG Wickramaratne in this case has acted maliciously
and fraudulently by aiding and abetting JVPers Wimal Weerawansa
and Vijitha Herath to act unlawfully.
Wickramaratne is a cousin of the President's former Security
Chief, Nihal Karunaratne and has been repeatedly named as being
responsible for election related violence in the past.
action against Somawansa - Senaratne
the expose by The Sunday Leader on Somawansa Amarasinghe's
involvement with having master-minded gold robberies for the
JVP between 1987 to 1989, Lands Minister Rajitha Senaratne
last week charged Amarasinghe with armed robbery and theft.
last week said there are two charges against JVP Leader
Somawansa Amarasinghe; aiding and abetting robbery and
defrauding party funds. At a press conference held last
week, the Minister appealed to the authorities to take
necessary legal action against Amarasinghe.
are two charges against Somawansa Amarasinghe. One is aiding
and abetting robbery and two, he cheated his own party, the
JVP. This is the type of leader who is leading the JVP that
claims to be a civilised political organisation in the
country," Senaratne said.
added that according to the 12-page statement of Matarage
Don Ariyadasa, a JVP member arrested during the insurgency,
Somawansa Amarasinghe, apart from having planned numerous
gold heists, was also part of an 'assassination clique' and
ordered all the killings for the JVP.
charged that Amarasinghe is the leader of the gang that
wanted to capture Mrs. Bandaranaike alive or kill her as
well, as is responsible for the murder of Vijaya Kumaratunga,
the husband of President Kumaratunga.
is the unholy alliance formed by Mrs. Kumaratunga for the
sake of power - joining hands with her mother's attempted
killers and her husband's killers," he said.
said Amarasinghe in a recent interview stated there are no
charges against him and that the UNP is now presenting the
first one and asking the authorities to take action.
"We challenge Somawansa Amarasinghe to say whether he
is responsible or not. If he says no, we will bring more
evidence to show that he is responsible," the Minister
to Ariyadasa's statement, Saman Piyasiri Fernando alias
Keerthi Wijayabahu of the JVP had asked Ariyadasa to conceal
some jewellery in his house and he had agreed to do so.
members had then brought 30 sacks of jewellery to his house,
four bags of which were taken away by Wijayabahu and
Amarasinghe. Ariyadasa claims that Amarasinghe visited his
house on another occasion and took away some jewellery.
Amarasinghe had returned the jewellery a few days later but
some items had been missing.
Minister also drew attention to a letter written by Srimathi
Wijeweera in 1989 in which she claims that Somawansa
Amarasinghe "defrauded party funds" and that
Nandana Marasinghe who revealed everything about Amarasinghe
was killed on Amarasinghe's orders.
says that Amarasinghe defrauded party funds and also that he
was a government informant. What do Amarasinghe and
Chandrika Kumaratunga have to say about Srimathi Wijeweera's
letter?" asked Senaratne.
Senaratne further said that not only has the JVP not
confessed to the violence the organisation generated in 1988
and 1989, the party has still not emerged from its murderous
ways and has a large number of weapons in its possession.
"We believe these weapons are being used for
destruction and murder. They have not been handed in to the
police," he said.
questioned why Amarasinghe was not being punished when
Matarage Don Ariyadasa was imprisoned, adding, "I ask
the police and the Defence Ministry under the President to
act according to the law."
politicians killed by the JVP
MP for Tangalle, Jinadasa Weerasinghe shot dead at
Angunakolapelessa on July 20, 1987
bomb attack at the parliamentary complex on August 18, 1987
caused the deaths of UNP MP for Deniyaya, Keerthi
of one Senadeera, an employee. The attack also caused
to 18 other parliamentarians.
MP for Habaraduwa and District Minister, G.V.S. de Silva was killed at Galle on May 1, 1988.
Jayatilake, a minister at the time, was shot dead at
Kuliyapitiya on September 26, 1988
MP for Kandy, Anura Daniel was shot dead at Thalatuoya on
June 25, 1989
UNP, Harsha Abeywardena was killed at Wellawatte on December
Secretary, UNP, Nandalal Fernando was killed at Wellawatte
on May 20, 1988
Organiser for the Akmeemana electorate, Sarath Nanyakkara
was shot dead at Habaraduwa on January 27 1988
of the Colombo Municipal Council, Lakshman Silva was killed
at Narahenpita on July 1, 1989