JVP can’t deny they attacked the Dalada Maligawa using firearms — Diyawadana Nilame

From Cyril Wimalasurendre

As the lay custodian of the sacred Tooth Relic, it can be assured that there is no politics involved in the office of the Diyawadana Nilame. The JVP leadership has absolute freedom to enter the portals of this venerated place but they are reluctant to do so because their conscience prevents them from doing so, Diyawadana Nilame Neranjan Wijeyeratne said.

Addressing a media conference to brief journalists about the JVP’s denial of the attack on the Sri Dalada Maligawa during the insurgency, the Diyawadana Nilame said the JVP leadership can never deny the fact that it was responsible for the attack on the Maligawa using firearms on February 8, 1989.

JVP’s Wimal Weerawansa, during a chat show on television, denied the JVP attacked the Maligawa.

‘There was blood-letting at the Sri Dalada Maligawa as five persons were killed in the JVP attack’, he recalled.

The JVP leadership has the freedom to visit this sacred place to pay homage to the Tooth Relic. They also have the freedom to confess and say ‘sorry’, instead of denying the offence. The JVP bullet marks are still found on the granite pillars of the Maligawa, Wijeyeratne said.

He said that politicians enter the Maligawa only to pay homage and not to talk politics with the officials. But they go to the Mahanayake Theras seeking their blessings for success, but talk politics.

‘Accordingly, the JVP leadership may not meet me in the Maligawa because I have nothing to do with politics. But the JVP leaders should not try to hide facts known to the entire world’, the Diyawadana Nilame said.