with Vijaya's killers
threats issued by the JVP during the '88-'89 terror period
President Chandrika Kumaratunga used her executive powers to
dissolve parliament and kick-start another general election four
years ahead of schedule and only two years after a majority vote
brought in the United National Front (UNF), a key factor has
emerged.And that is the assassination of her husband, Vijaya
Kumaratunga's killing has become the basis for election propaganda
for the new United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) of which
Chandrika Kumaratunga is leader together with Somawansa
Amarasinghe, leader of the alliance's main partner, the Janatha
Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP).
UNF is also not averse to using the murder of Vijaya Kumaratunga
in order to portray and personify the fact that his killers are in
partnership with his wife.
Amarasinghe was very much a member of the 'assassination clique'
of the JVP when Vijaya Kumaratunga was gunned down in cold-blood
outside his home at Polhengoda, Kirulapone on February 16, 1988.
This is an undeniable fact.
Kumaratunga can deny this until she's blue in the face, but a
140-page signed confession by Vijaya's killer serves as a
spine-chilling reminder that the JVP 16 years ago, meticulously
planned and executed the assassination of Sri Lanka's best loved
Lionel Ranasinghe - alias Gamini alias Mahinda alias Jayatilleka -
whose occupation as a peanut seller was transformed by the JVP
into a killing machine has in explicit detail confessed how he was
ordered by the Deshapremi Janatha Viyaparaya (DJV) of the JVP to
murder Vijaya Kumaratunga. Pahalamullage Lionel Ranasinghe alias
Gamini was also later killed.
is responsible not only for Vijaya's assassination but also for
the murder of Prof. Stanley Wijeysundera, Terrence Perera and
Nandalal Fernando who were among the more exalted citizens
murdered by this assassin, among other lesser known civilians.
UPFA today has pointed an accusing finger at the UNF claiming the
UNP led by the late President R. Premadasa was responsible for
ordering the death of Vijaya.The UPFA has in fact stooped to the
level of alleging that the gun used for the killing was one
belonging to Gamini Lokuge, the present Tourism Minister.
is important at this juncture is to place on record other
documentary evidence available, which proves beyond all shadow of
doubt that it is none other than the JVP that planned and carried
out the assassination of Vijaya Kumaratunga. And this home truth
Chandrika Kumaratunga is only too aware of.
the fact that the memory of Vijaya Kumaratunga is at this present
juncture being trashed beyond belief, The Sunday Leader today will
lay before its readers not just the confession of Vijaya's killer,
which has already been detailed, but the admission of the
Patriotic Armed Battalion (Deshapremi Sannaddha Senankaya) which
was the military wing of the JVP in 1988.
February 21, 1988, five days after Vijaya had been gunned down,
the DSS accepted responsibility for the assassination of Vijaya
Kumaratunga. In fact, on March 20, 1988, the Sunday Times carried
a lead article with a banner headline stating, "JVP explains
why they killed Vijaya." This article to date has not been
contradicted by the JVP.
leaflet issued by the DSS on February 21, 1988, not only accepted
responsibility for the death of Vijaya but also explained why they
killed him.The leaflet is titled "Why Vijaya Kumaratunga was
dispatched" ("Vijaya Kumaratunga yawwe aiy)."
leaflet calls Vijaya a reactionary who by attempting to form the
United Socialist Alliance (USA) would have helped to split the
opposition vote at the forthcoming presidential elections.
"In 1977, he entered the ranks of the SLFP and helped to
create a rift in the party.
1982, he gave the government an opportunity to spread false fears
among the people about an alleged Naxalite threat and not conduct
the general election.By using his popularity as a film star, he
would have served the government by preventing a unified
opposition challenge at the presidential polls and therefore
deserves death," the leaflet states.
crimes the leaflet listed against Vijaya Kumaratunga were his
"attempts to establish links with eelam terrorist groups by
visiting Madras and Jaffna on the pretext of trying to seek the
release of the Sinhala soldiers captured by the Tigers; supporting
the presence of the Indian armed forces on Sri Lankan soil and
thereby betraying the independence of the motherland; attempting
to form an armed group similar to the green Tigers with the
support of eelam terrorist leader, Uma Maheswaran; and remaining
silent about state terrorism in the south. For these reasons Mr.
Vijaya Kumaratunga who was a traitor was killed by us," the
adds further, "Today the Indian forces in the north and the
east have killed hundreds of our countrymen, looted property,
raped women and rendered thousands homeless.Hundreds of patriotic
young men and women have been kidnapped and secretly murdered in
the south. Therefore, the death of one film star such as Vijaya
Kumaratunga is no great loss. The grief displayed at his funeral
was also not spontaneous but orchestrated by the government and
given undue publicity on radio and television."
with the T-56
is more. "Shortly before his killing, Mr. Kumaratunga was
leaving his home to have lunch with an American diplomat in the
capital proving the truth of the claim that he was a
reactionary.Can a progressive people's leader secretly dine with
an American diplomat? We believe that ideas must be fought with
ideas. However, the government with its Green Tigers, Vijaya
Kumaratunga with his henchmen such as the Independent Students
Union, attempted to suppress us with armed force.
Therefore, what wrong can there be when we resort to
fighting them with the T-56 instead of with ideas?" the
Chandrika Kumaratunga can ignore these undeniable facts
surrounding her husband's killing and flirt with his assassins who
gunned down the father of her children all for the sake of
attaining power is perhaps one of the most diabolical crimes to be
committed by a wife and mother.
Chandrika Kumaratunga can stoop to the extent of using her
husband's tragic death which doubtless still evokes pain in the
minds and hearts of her children for political mileage is further
proof that Sri Lanka is devoid of a president with the basic
qualities of decency and respect.
complete and utter disrespect Chandrika Kumaratunga has displayed
towards the memory of Vijaya Kumaratunga during this pre-election
period surpasses all norms of moral decency, integrity and ethics.
let us look objectively at the track record of Somanwansa
Amarasinghe - Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga's co-pilot in her
present flight to power.
Amarasinghe stepped on Sri Lankan soil after his 12-year exile in
the United Kingdom, he dramatically fell to his knees and kissed
the earth of the land that gave him birth. Apt it was that he did
so, because he is - at least in his own opinion - a patriot of
to him speak and almost every sentence is embellished with "deshapremi,"
a lover of his land. For in the convoluted minds of the murderers,
arsonists, perverts and sadists that made up the JVP, Somawansa
represented and strove to lead, they were all patriots. So much
was their love for the land, they hated passionately all else that
lived in it.
listening to Somawansa's rhetoric might wonder whether he is quite
balanced. If indeed he is, it is only because he has chips on both
shoulders. He is one of the few JVP activists who survived both
insurrections. In 1971, as a stripling youth of some 28 years, it
was he who was assigned to drive the car that was to capture and
kidnap Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the then Prime Minister. His
qualification? He was one of the few rankers who could drive a
car, then considered by the JVP an instrument of the capitalist
pigs. That was botched, and Somawansa found himself behind bars.
was in prison that he joined up with Viraj Fernando, an even more
rabid leftist than Rohana Wijeweera. A failed engineer, it was
Fernando who converted Somawansa to the cause of true Trotskyism,
a philosophy rather too complex for the simple-minded Wijeweera,
whose idol was the equally simple-minded though brutally violent
Fernando continued as Somawansa's guru for some years, the latter
was quick to realise that it was Wijeweera who had the charisma
and the following, and shifted camps as smoothly as one of those
luxury double cabs the JVP MPs have now ordered.
anyone nurses the belief that the JVP has changed its ways, we
have only to look back a mere six months ago to September 2003
when Amarasinghe delivered a message to North Korea and the
workers party of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
at its 55th anniversary celebrations.
speech delivered on September 9, 2003, by Amarasinghe, pledges
unconditional support to the DPRK and its "right to develop
and maintain nuclear weapons for your country's security."
Amarasinghe adds in this address to North Korea, "let us
assure you that our party is vigilant and ever ready to shed blood
and lives if the imperialist war mongers decided to violate
international laws and to launch aggression against your beloved
has commended the workers party of the DPRK stating the friendship
between the JVP and North Korea goes back to the 1960s."Your
great leader comrade Kim 11 Sung and his revolutionary thoughts
were an immense source of inspiration for the young
revolutionaries in my country especially for the then emerging
revolutionary movement in Sri Lanka," Amarasinghe asserts.
maintains that, "since 1971 we have been supporting the
Worker's Party of the DPRK in its struggle against the US
imperialists and their lackeys in the region."
are very much moved by the fact and the happy time you are
celebrating the 50th anniversary of your glorious victory over US
aggressors and their lackeys."
underlying factor in relation to Amarasinghe's speech on this
occasion is the JVP's contempt and dislike for the United
States.An emotion that stems from its early militant stages which
bared itself once more when the DSS murdered Vijaya Kumaratunga.
its published leaflet, the DSS stated that Kumaratunga when he was
killed was leaving to lunch with an American diplomat and
justified his murder stating one of the reasons, reiterating,
"Can a progressive people's leader secretly dine with an
last September congratulated North Korea further stating,
"Your leader and you have yet again proved to whole mankind
that threats and intimidation of a so called super power are
irrelevant and ineffective."
enemy is our enemy too," he told North Korea, reinstating the
JVP's military stance against America.
the murderer in Somawansa Amarasinghe lives and while Vijaya
Kumaratunga paid the ultimate price, his wife, Chandrika
Kumaratunga continues to flirt with the man who was an active
member of the assassins clique that ordered the trigger to be
pulled on Vijaya Kumaratunga.
is ironic that Somawansa, a rabid communist, chose to live in
luxury in England, and not in a communist country, like the one he
is trying to turn Sri Lanka into. Why did he not go to live in
North Korea or Cuba or Albania? Why choose a domicile that is at
the very heart of world capitalism? Did he too, like Wijeweera,
amass untold wealth from the people the JVP robbed? As well as
being a gold-digger, this is the kind of two-bit hypocrite this
Somawansa has set about capitalising on the work his 'boys' have
done during his decade-long exile. In addition to re-writing
history and whitewashing the JVP's bloody past, he has joined
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in the front ranks of 'The
World's Most Fluent and Habitual Liars.'
only that, he has failed to show an iota of remorse for all the
blood he and his evil cronies caused to be shed. While his own
children enjoy the best British education (paid for, pray, by
whom?), he is striving to bring chaos on yet another generation of
Sri Lankan youth, merely in order to satiate his bloodlust. Two
generations of Sri Lankan youth have been sacrificed to the cause
of the JVP, and now the ground is being laid for a third.
Somawansa's many boasts are that a future JVP government will
compensate (from taxpayer's money, of course), those families who
have suffered financial loss as a result of the JVP killing their
bread winners! He should start by asking Yasodara and Vimukthi
Kumaratunga how much they would like to be paid for their dad. We
would all be interested to know what the value of Vijaya
Kumaratunga is to his children.
arrogance knows no bounds. In order to satiate his new-found
friend Chandrika Kumaratunga, he has now taken the view that the
LTTE should be destroyed militarily. The JVP's strategy is to
drive the country into chaos, and then offer themselves as
messiahs to redeem it.
worked for Lenin, it worked for Hitler and Somawansa hopes it will
work for him, too. In taking on the LTTE however, he knows he is
courting danger. That is why he sports a bullet-proof vest when
addressing meetings these days.
Somawansa claims that the thousands of innocents that were because
the JVP was engaged in a liberation struggle and in effect at war
with the government. "These are not issues you can resolve
over a cup of tea," he announced glibly, to cheerful applause
from the faithful.
what we would like to know is that if indiscriminate killing is
justified in order to resolve political disputes, what is wrong
with what the LTTE does? What is wrong with what the LTTE did to
Chandrika Kumaratunga or Gamini Dissanayake or the tens of
thousands of monks, villagers and innocents who have been brutally
massacred in the name of eelam?
Somawansa values his own skin a lot more than any of those his
party has killed, or those the LTTE has killed. He says that
should the LTTE kill him, 50,000 JVP cadres will join the army and
defeat the Tigers!
we would like to know, Mister Somawansa, is why is it that these
50,000 JVP cadres cannot enlist today and save their motherland?
Why is it that it is only in revenge for your death that they can
become patriots? Is it that you are more important than even Sri
fact is that you are a coward, an opportunist and a traitor to
your own cause. Do not think, just because those gullible young
men in red shirts who surround you cannot see it, that the people
of Sri Lanka have not. You are a criminal, and at least an
accessory to mass murder.
is not here in Sri Lanka you should be, campaigning with a freedom
that we, its citizens who have stuck it out here and defended
valiantly, give you. You should be in handcuffs, sitting beside
Slobodan Milosevic at The Hague, being tried for what you are: a
on the Dalada Maligawa
February 8, 1989, the JVP attacked the Sri Dalada Maligawa,
the holy of holies of Sinhala and Buddhist culture. Their
aim was to filch the sacred tooth relic and take it to
Rohana Wijeweera. The sole survivor of that operation has
now laid bare the facts.
is relevant is that in an attempt to rewrite history,
Somawansa denied before a crowd of thousands at Kalutara
recently that the attack ever took place. He thereby branded
as liars the Mahanayakes of Malwatte and Asgiriya, and the
Diyawadana Nilame, joint custodians of the sacred relic,
liars. Those dignitaries were not cowed by Somawansa's
hysteria, they came right back in effect calling him a liar.
reason for abducting the tooth relic was a belief, prevalent
especially in Sri Lanka's south, that whoever had custody of
this treasure would rule Sri Lanka. The plan was to take the
relic from Kandy, and via a series of different motorcycle
messengers, to Wijeweera, then in hiding in Ulapane under an
hand that held the till
habits die hard, and the JVP in similar vein to days gone
by, during the present election campaign is collecting
'funds' for the organisation.
homes and small trade establishments, the JVP, unlike other
political parties is not engaged only in distributing
political propaganda, but also busy convincing those they
visit to make a 'small donation.'
pieces of paper titled 'Let's bring victory to Sri Lanka,'
the JVP is 'coercing' as it did in 1987, 1988 and 1989
civilians to 'contribute' towards its cause.
those they seek to coerce do not voice any objections -
doubtless afraid that the JVP renowned for its attraction to
blood and guts will 'hunt' those who refuse to comply.
a proven track record of having murdered, stolen and
plundered public property and resources the JVP has the gall
to state when producing its list for financial
'contributions,' the following:
believe that you, who are dedicated to take our Motherland
on a correct path by bringing victory for the United
People's Freedom Alliance would be more than willing to make
your special contribution to bring victory to the candidates
of the JVP.Electing JVP candidates who have proved to the
country of a political culture without theft and corruption
to the parliament is essential in establishing a pure and
Hence, we look forward to your utmost contribution on
behalf of the JVP candidates and for the victory of the UPFA."