prime suspect in Selvarajah killings
By Asif Fuard
In the wake of last Friday’s killing of a top woman broadcaster
and her husband, fingers are being pointed directly at the LTTE
as she had broadcast programmes critical of the Wanni Tigers.
two deceased are Relangi Selvarajah (44) and her husband Sinnadurai
Selvarajah (47), who were residing at Balapokuna Road, Kirulapone.
They are the parents of a child who will be a year old this Wednesday.
had been a television and radio presenter for the past two decades
for Tamil programmes. She had been hosting a Tamil radio programme
on the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) called ‘Makkal
Pural’, which was critical of the LTTE when it was aired in
1991. The Sunday Times learns that the programme had been sponsored
by the EPDP to give adverse publicity to the LTTE.
who joined the state media in 1985 was a well-known news presenter
and talk show hostess for the SLBC, Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation
and ITN. Before she joined the state media she was working in a
private advertising firm in her hometown, Jaffna. She had acted
in several Tamil films and tele-dramas.
She produced the programme ‘Idhaya Veenai’which was
also critical of the LTTE. She had been criticised by the LTTE several
times for airing anti-LTTE programmes.
hosted the daily Tamil morning show telecast by Channel Eye called
was later appointed as the Deputy Director for Tamil Programmes
at Rupavahini. She had resigned in order to set up her own private
Sha and her husband were ardent PLOTE supporters. Her husband who
is a businessman had been in the PLOTE from the time the organisation
was formed. The Sunday Times learns that he was a close associate
of former PLOTE leader Uma Maheswaran.
was a former PLOTE militant who had also taken part in the 1988
coup in Maldives to overthrow Maldivian President Abdul Gayoom.
He left the PLOTE in July 1989 following the death of its leader
but remained a PLOTE supporter ever since.
gunmen shot the two in their heads leaving spent 9 mm. ammunition
caps on the floor. The two were at their shop at St. Peter’s
Place Bambalapitiya, which is opposite St. Peter’s College.
shop they owned was a photographic studio, communication centre
and travel agency which bore the name Kinross Communication. The
couple had employed four persons at the shop. Usually at least one
person stays at the shop when both employers are in the premises.
But when the shooting took place none of the workers were at the
workers told the police that three of them had gone out for lunch
while the other had gone to the bank. One of the workers told The
Sunday Times that usually at least one of the workers stays at the
work place when their employer is around. It being their pay day
they thought of going out for lunch together since their employers
didn’t mind them going for lunch. The workers had left the
premises at 12.30 p.m. while the shooting took place fifteen minutes
Friday evening the Mt. Lavinia Magistrate Kishani Dodangoda visited
the crime scene along with officials of the Government Analyst’s
Department and the Fingerprint Bureau.
is speculation that the killing would have been in retaliation for
the killing of top journalist Dharmaretnam Sivaram which was alleged
to be the work of the PLOTE.
spokesperson Paun told The Sunday Times the LTTE had set up an intelligence
team to wipe out all PLOTE members and supporters, which had come
in the wake of this killing.
LTTE had gunned down our members in the past and it is still continuing
to do so. We had informed the SLMM with regard to this but nothing
much has happened. The killings are still continuing,” he
said. Meanwhile Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse has issued a statement
condemning the killing of the veteran media personality and her