Killers protected by top politicians: JVPView(s):
JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva has denied Government claims that the Katuwana attacks was a result of in an internal conflict.
“This is to protect the actual killer because of his connections with the powerful politicians of the Government. We do not have any internal problems as such now,” he said.
Mr. Silva said party dissidents were a small group who did not have the capacity to carry out such an attack.
Beliatta, Katuwana, Walasmulla and Weeraketiya are located close to Medamullana, where the President’s ancestral house is situated and the area is provided with special security by the Police, Army, and the STF.
“So, no outside group could operate here without the knowledge of this security network,” Mr. Silva argued.
He said the killers had gone on a rampage for about thirty minutes before the arrival of the Police and it was unlikely that security personnel did not know what was happening.
The JVP General Secretary said two policemen had come in the morning to the house where the pocket meeting was scheduled to be held but did not provide any security when the meeting began so that the armed men were able to carry out the attack with ease.
One motive for the attack was to prevent opposition political parties from engaging in dissenting politics in these areas. Only the JVP dared to engage in politics there,” he said.
Mr. Silva said the Katuwana meeting was a part of an islandwide campaign to educate people on several issues including the crisis of capitalism, unemployment and the high cost of living.
“We also want to assert the rights of the opposition parties to engage in politics anywhere as these rights have been seriously threatened.”
Perhaps, the news article published in the Lanka newspaper was one reason (for the attack) as it exposed the criminal activities of Amare with the blessing of powerful politicians of the government, he said.
Mr. Silva said there had been several attacks on opposition parties during the past few years and months but people were scared to complain because of possible reprisals.
He said FSP had a lodged a complaint to the IGP on June 5 accusing the JVP of attacking dissident members.
But, it was only after the Katuwana attack on June 15 that the Media Centre for the National Security (MCNS) issued a statement saying parliamentarian Ajith Kumara on behalf of the FSP had complained to IGP regarding the several incidents of attacks on FSP members by the JVP, he said.
“MCNS statement was meant to protect the actual killers, by trying to give the impression that FSP members have done it,” Mr. Silva charged.
He said that from the time the attack took place, the Government had been trying to divert attention from the real killers.
He said the Katuwana attack had taken place around 7.20 p.m. and after taking the injured to hospital, they had complained to the police around 9 p.m. But the first MCNS statement was issued even before the complaint was made.
Mr. Silva said that on June 16, the MCNS issued another statement regarding Parliamentarian Ajith Kumara’s letter to the IGP.
“But the Police did not question the JVP on this complaint until the Katuwana incident, although the complaint was made on June 5,” he pointed out.
Dismissing Police claims that an FSP member called Sudu Aiyya was known to Amare and engaged ‘Amare’ to attack the meeting, Mr. Silva said that in that event it was the responsibility of the Police to arrest Sudu Aiyya without issuing media releases.
He also dismissed police claims that ‘Amare’ was not freely moving in the area.
He said the JVP had evidence to show that ‘Amare’ supported powerful politicians at the 2010 general election campaign.
He pointed out that Amare had surrendered to court in connection with a murder committed in 2003. He had been freely moving in the area despite the open warrant on him thanks to the blessings of the powerful politicians of the Government.