Police yesterday attributed the death
of politicians on the road in bomb attacks to the ‘Boru Show’
(Showing off) adopted by them.
"They travel in their VIP vehicles in a
convoy, flashing the headlights and the security men in the
pilot vehicles signal and shout at drivers of all other vehicles
to promptly pull up or move away. That obviously alerts the
terrorist that their prized catch is approaching and all that
they have to do is to trigger the explosion as the VIP’s vehicle
draws parallel to the bomb hidden on the wayside", a high
ranking Police officer, said in frustration.
"Why try to be so conspicuous and alert
the enemy?" he asked.
He said that instead of discreetly
reaching their destination, they make it obvious to the waiting
terrorists that they are on their way, making matters easy for
the killers. The terrorists need not be alerted by anyone else
that their target is drawing near. The High ranking Police
officer, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
The CID and the North Western Range
Crime Detective Bureau commenced separate investigations into
the assassination of non-Cabinet Minister of Nation Building,
who died in a claymore mine blast on Tuesday morning at Tudella,
Ja-Ela on his way to Parliament. There were two other high
profile Ministers who were to use the same route on their way to
Parliament. Highways Minister and Chief Government Whip Jeyaraj
Ferndopulle was at his Negombo residence and Felix Perera,
Minister of Fisheries, was at his Ja-Ela residence when
Dasanayake died at Tudella.
Police intelligence said that the
terrorists who planted the claymore mine and waited for the
Ministerial convoy would not have known who the approaching VIP
was and nevertheless cared two hoots about his identity. They,
too, would have known who their victim was only after listening
or seeing the "Breaking News" on radios and televisions, Police
Investigations have now revealed the
claymore mine, weighing about 10 kilos had been hidden in a
shrub jungle a few feet away from the pavement on the left side
of the lane that was leading towards Colombo from Negombo.
A boutique keeper near a bus halt had
told Police that he saw two youth in an animated conversation
and he did not suspect anything since they both looked friendly
and appeared to be men from the locality. However, soon after
the blast he did not see either of them. The boutique keeper
believes that they could be the culprits.
Police also said that they would take
up the VIP security subject at the next Security Council meeting
and wanted many fool proof adjustments to the present system,
The funeral of the slain Minister is
scheduled to be held on Saturday, January 12 afternoon at
Anamaduwa. Security has been tightened in and around Anamaduwa
since many high profile politicians are expected to pay their
last respects to the late Dasanayake there.