Two CID teams sent to the East to probe Karuna’s claim of massacring soldiers

Two CID teams have left for Ampara and Batticaloa to gather more information on a claim made by former LTTE Eastern Province commander, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias ‘Karuna Amman’ that he massacred 2,000 to 3,000 Sri Lankan soldiers in one night at Elephant Pass.

‘Karuna Amman’, a Deputy Minister in the then Mahinda Rajapaksa government, had made the claim at a political rally in Ampara on June 19. He also served as a Vice Chairman of the SLFP at one time.

When he was summoned by the CID earlier to record a statement, he reported sick. However, he turned up on Thursday at the CID, where his statement was recorded for seven and a half hours.

Accompanied by his lawyers, he came to the CID at 9.30 am and left at 5.00 pm.

After his statement was recorded, ‘Karuna Amman’ told journalists outside the CID that this was a "small" matter, which has been played up by the media.

He said that he is contesting from the Ampara district at the forthcoming general election from a separate party and not from the SLPP.

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