man tells terrible tale
Chase thriller, double game and insurance scam leave mother dead
By Tania Fernando
A real life case with pages from a detective thriller where
a dead youth comes alive after a tragedy staged for multi-million
rupee insurance has ended in real tragedy with the mother of the
key player actually dying of shock.
thriller appears to be too fantastic to be true. It allegedly began
when 31-year-old Udayakantha Jayathilake and his wife, residents
of Britain for several years, apparently got an idea of doing a
little bit of what Emil Saundaranayagam had done decades ago. They
wanted to take British insurance for a ride and they might have
done so if not for a smart brain not in Britain but in the medical
faculty of the Peradeniya University.
the pieces put together by police detectives, the story went like
Jayathilake and his wife, in pursuance of their massive insurance
claim, came back to Sri Lanka some months ago and allegedly staged
a robbery and killing at Habarana on June 3. Everything appeared
to be brilliantly stage-managed - a burnt car with a body inside,
a weeping widow complaining to the police, expensive items reported
missing and all that.
also allegedly playing a key role in the drama, had complained to
the police that her husband was missing from June 3 after he went
to Dambulla to buy some antique furniture. Soon after, the police
received information that a vehicle was found burning in the Habarana
area. The tip-off also appeared to be part of chasing the crooked
went to the scene, saw a body in the burning vehicle and called
the Jayathilake family.
On to the scene
came the third suspect - Mr. Jayathilake's brother. He identified
the body as that of Udayakantha.
Jayasekera said that to give crime book credibility to the operation,
the victim's wallet had also allegedly been placed on the scene
with his identity and credit cards to further substantiate the case.
To back up the claim of robbery and killing, the family members
said a modern camera and other expensive items were not in the burning
car which he had hired from a rent-a-car company to go to Habarana.
appeared to be in place for a gang robbery and killing and it was
probably only as a mere formality that the skeletal remains were
sent to the Peradeniya medical faculty for further tests, while
the insurance papers were sent out fast.
behind the crime were leaving nothing to chance. The British High
Commission was also informed that a British resident back here on
holiday had been killed.
passed by and then the wheel of death turned the other way. Forensic
experts at the Peradeniya University replayed the whole drama with
the shocking disclosure that the skeletal remains found in the burning
car at Habarana were not of Udayakantha Jayathilake but of a woman.
then set in operation the third part of the drama. They sent detectives
to secretly watch the Jayathilake home and find more clues on the
alleged double game.
It paid off
and Udyakantha who had stayed under cover for some months was arrested
when he emerged from his Kandy hideout to go to Colombo. The camera
and other personal items, which his wife complained to be missing
from the burnt vehicle, had also been found in his possession, police
his wife and brother were produced in court while police are looking
for a fourth suspect who also played a role by finding a body to
be put in the burning car.
On Friday, the crime fiction thriller took a horrifyingly tragic
twist. Udayakantha and the other suspects were produced in the Polonnaruwa
Magistrate's Court and granted bail. Among those who had come there
was Udayakantha's mother who since June had been mourning and weeping
over the death of her son, who had all the time been hiding in Kandy.
dead son alive was apparently too much for the aged mother. She
collapsed and died soon after seeing her son.
Nothing was well and no one ended well.
brokers intensify efforts
Monitoring Mission Chief Trond Furuhovde is scheduled to meet LTTE
chief negotiator Anton Balasingham tomorrow in the Wanni to take
up a series of issues, including the tension in the Eastern Province.
comes as the Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen arrives
in Colombo today.
delegation's visit will mainly focus on the establishment of the
Joint Task Force and the preparation for the next round of peace
talks in Thailand. The ongoing problems related to the cease-fire
agreement and the tense situation in the East will also be discussed.
delegation is scheduled to visit Hambantota today to meet MPs of
the district and local authorities while a meeting with the Hambantota
Chamber of Commerce has also been arranged. The main aim of the
visit to Hambantota is to obtain first hand knowledge on the economic
needs of the area.
during his four-day stay will meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesignhe
President Kumaratunga, the Government's peace delegation and Opposition
Leader Mahinda Rajapakse are also scheduled.
The Norwegian delegation will make a three-day visit to the North
- holding talks in Jaffna on Tuesday and in the Wanni with LTTE
leaders on Wednesday.
CBK, Rajitha meeting on, then off
By Harinda Vidanage
A meeting between President Chandrika Kumaratunga
and Lands Minister Rajitha Senaratne arranged for this week was
allegedly blocked by officials of the Presidential Secretariat.
Senaratne told The Sunday Times that those mediating between the
President and himself had informed him that the meeting was due
to take place.
But an official
spokesman of the Presidential Secretariat had later informed him
there was no need for such a meeting.
not sure whom I should believe," Dr. Senaratne said, adding
that "when the President's official spokesman discounts the
possibility of a meeting why should I go after them."
said he felt that the change of position was due to the Supreme
Court determination on the 18th and 19th amendments being known.
spokesman Harim Pieris told The Sunday Times there was a meeting
arranged between the President and Minister Senaratne, but declined
John Seneviratne had been the chief mediator between the President
and the minister.
told The Sunday Times that several times he had spoken to the President
and other senior members of the gesture made by Mr. Senaratne.
SEP accuses LTTE of harassing members
The Socialist Equality Party based in the north has complained
to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission that LTTE is allegedly threatening
and harassing its members, a SEP press release stated.
The LTTE had
assaulted three SEP members on 8th October in the Kayts Island where
a 27-year old father of three had suffered serious stab injuries,
the press release said.
The SEP has
asked that the guilty LTTE members who made death threats and assaulted
the SEP members be immediately arrested. It has also said that LTTE
must discipline and punish all those involved in issuing death threats.
A week ago the World Socialist Web Site and SEP also launched an
international campaign against death threats made to three fishermen
by the LTTE when the fishermen refused to hand over money to the
LTTE to build a new office.
The press release
invites all human rights organisations and individuals committed
to the defence of democratic rights to denounce the attack.
separate Governors to north and east, says SMP
The Sinhala Mahajana Peramuna has called on the
Government to appoint separate Governors to the North and East in
a bid to bring about normalcy to the East.
Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera said his group believed that the demerger
of the province with two governors being appointed would ensure
stability in the east which was now being dominated by the LTTE.
Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission of being biased, the Thera said the
SLMM was only calling on the Sinhala people to be calm but it failed
to ask Tamil schoolchildren and civilians to remain calm.
He also said
the SMP has opened an office in the east to entertain complaints
by Sinhala and Muslim people who were subjected to LTTE harassment.
of banned chemical in imported flour
again concerns are being raised that imported flour contained Potassium
Bromide, a carcinogen, which is used to improve and maintain the
quality of flour for a longer period.
Before it was
banned by the national food advisory committee, two years ago, Potassium
Bromide was widely used to treat flour by milling agents. Strict
orders were issued to the Ceylon Wholesale Establishment to ensure
that Potassium Bromide was not used to treat flour. But with checks
not being conducted thereafter, flour producers are again allegedly
using this chemical agent
very strict that it is not used and instead asked them to use Ascorbic
acid," Dr. A.M.L.Beligaswatte, former Director General Health
Services who was also a member of the National Food Advisory Committee
He said that
Potassium Bromide was banned from use as it could cause cancer in
the thyroid glands.
Kariyawasam, Chief Medical Officer of the Colombo Municipal Council
who is also attached to the FAC when contacted by The Sunday Times
said checks would be resumed on Monday to ascertain if Potassium
Bromide is being used again to treat bread products and flour.
Flour treated with Potassium Bromide quickens the fermentation process
and improves texture. Dough made out of Potassium Bromide treated
flour expands after a while, is known as 'oven spring'. As a result,
the quantity of bread is also increased. The quality, of old flour,
improves when given the Potassium Bromide treatment.
However, Potassium Iodide and Ascorbic Acid are supplements that
could be used to treat flour.