JO urges govt not to hush up issues concerning national security

by Dasun Edirisinghe

The Joint Opposition yesterday urged the government to conduct an impartial investigation into the complaint lodged with the Police by Army Commander Lt. General Krishantha de Silva against Opposition and Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan for forcibly entering an army camp in Kilinochchi on April 16 with a group of others.

National Organiser of the JO and Matara District MP Dullas Alahapperuma said according to their information, the police had been advised by top government politicians to hush up the investigation.

He said former UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, when he joined former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s campaign in December 2014, had revealed a secret agreement between UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and TNA leader R. Sampanthan, but Attanayake was arrested after Jan. 08 claiming it was a false document.

"Now all have realised the truth of that secret deal between the UNP and the TNA as the UNP led government has silenced the Army Commander’s complaint against Sampanthan," Alahapperuma said.

He said Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka had been allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident and Minister John Amaratunga had allegedly been involved in demolishing a jogging track, but neither of them had been arrested.

Alahapperuma said UNP parliamentarian in Anuradhapura District allegedly assaulted a garage worker with an iron rod, but he was still at large.

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris said the JO had warned that national security was in danger, but the government had sought to ignore that warning.

He said Chavakachcheri incident and Kilinochchi incident could not be considered as simple and they must be proved thoroughly.

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