Former JVP Minister castigates Rajapaksas over Thajudeen case, Kosgama fire

By Harischandra Gunaratna

Convenor of First Front and former Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister (JVP) Chandrasena Wijesinghe yesterday said, it was wrong of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to have visited key suspect in the Wasim Thajudeen killing, retired senior DIG Anura Senanayake in remand prison.

Wijesinghe addressing journalists at First Front office at Welikadawatte preliminary investigations had proved that Senanayake tampered with and distorted the evidence in favour of the main suspect in the killing.

Responding to a query raised by The Island whether former President Rajapaksa had a chance of becoming the President again, he answered in the negative. He added that they would never allow him to come to power because of his dictatorial tendencies, Wijesinghe said,

"Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s call for the Army Commander Chrishanthe de Silva to resign over the Kosgama incident is uncalled for as Rajapaksa was the Defence Secretary when the civil strife came to an end in May 2009 and he never made an effort to shift the armoury to a safer place," the former Minister said, adding that the former Defence Secretary was attempting to pass the buck and taking advantage of the situation.

"After the war the Defence Ministry engaged in many other projects thus neglecting its important functions and now he is blaming others.

The former Minister said a number of political parties and individuals including former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa were fishing in troubled waters.

Both the previous government as well as the incumbent government were to be blamed squarely for having the Army’s central armoury in an area with a large populace.

The Rajapaksa government had carried out projects which were beneficial to its leaders and overlooked more urgent issues concerning the common masses such as shifting of the army’s central armoury, he said.

Wijesinghe blamed MP Udaya Gammanpila and others in the Joint Opposition for blowing the Kosgama incident out of proportion.

Gammanpila’s comments would amount to insulting the members of the security forces and demoralising them, Wijesinghe said.

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