Questions raised about release of white van suspects detected at Mirihana

by Dasun Edirisinghe

The UPFA yesterday said that its claim that national security was threatened under the UNP government had been proved right.

Addressing the media at the Opposition Leader’s office, former Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said two days back, the Press Trust of India had reported that the Indian police had

arrested a close aide of slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran with a lethal consignment.

He said the suspect arrested wit eight mobile phones, four GPS equipment, 75 cyanide capsules and 300 gms of cyanide identified as Krishnakumar was a close associate of slain LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran, according to the PTI report.

Alahapperuma said the Tamil Nadu police had told PTI that Krishnakumar was planning to go to Sri Lanka clandestinely when he was arrested.

"When we repeatedly advised that there could be a LTTE revival it was disregarded, but what is happening now?" he asked.

Alahapperuma said that Sri Lankan intelligence services should be aware of such incidents otherwise the victory over LTTE was useless.

The former Minister said the UNP was criticising the previous government for people migrating to other countries as Rajapaksa government failed maintain a safe country and delayed the reconciliation process after the military victory over the LTTE, but highest number of Lankans seeking asylum was recorded during the last six months.

According to information, 840 Lankan Tamils applied for asylum in Switzerland and it was only second to the number of asylum seekers from Eritrea, Alahapperuma said adding that it was a 76.5% increase compared to the previous year.

"These are the statistics of the Swiss government and the present UNP government has failed to convert Sri Lanka into a peaceful country.

Alahapperuma said that as the war winning President, Mahinda Rajapaksa should be given maximum security, but his ambulance and doctors had been withdrawn by the present government.

He said the government would be held responsible if something happened to former President Rajapaksa.

Alahapperuma recalled the Black July as it was completed 32 years yesterday and that incident led for the 30 years of war.

Former Minister and leader of the Communist Party DEW Gunasekera said that 479 Tamil people were killed and 8,000 houses were destroyed under the then UNP government during in July 83.

Former Minister and Leader of the National Freedom Front Wimal Weerawansa said the UNP had accused the previous government of operating ‘white vans’ to harass its opponents, but the detection made a few days ago proved who was operating white vans and those suspects were granted bail in next to no time.

UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha said that according to the law, someone who possessed an automatic firearm should get bail from the High Court, but those arrested with an automatic firearm traveling in a white van with false number plates at Mirihana were released on bail by a Magistrate court.

Premajayantha said that a security person of former MP Namal Rajapaksa arrested with a bottle of water at a meeting to be addressed by the President at Angunukolapelessa earlier this year had not got bail.

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