President Maithripala Sirisena and ministers at the SLFP May Day rally in Galle yesterday. (Pic by Lalith Chaminda)

PM Ranil Wickremesinghe flanked by Ministers Sajith Premadasa and Malik Samarawickrama waves at party supporters at the UNP May Day Rally at Campbell Park in Borella yesterday. Pic Saman Abesiriwardena

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa with the Joint Opposition stalwarts at the Kirulapone rally. Pic by Dimuthu Premaratne

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and his top comrades waving at party supporters during the JVP May Day Rally at the BRC Grounds in Havelock Town yesterday. (Pic by Kamal Bogoda)

Chava explosives: Key suspects flee to India

MP Sumanthiran says Sivakaran, Sasitharan suspended in the run-up to last prez polls

Investigations reveal that some of those wanted in connection with the chance detection of an explosive haul including a suicide vest at Chavakachcheri during the last week of March have fled to India.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera yesterday told The Island that a person identified as S. Sivakaran arrested in Mannar on April 27 was believed to have helped the wanted persons escape.

The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) produced Sivakaran in Chavakachcheri Magistrate’s Court. He was later bailed out. The Magistrate barred him from leaving the country for one year.

Responding to a query by The Island, ASP Gunasekera said that the Attorney General would decide whether Sivakaran could turn a state witness.

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesperson and Jaffna District MP M. A. Sumanthiran yesterday told The Island that the Illankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) had suspended Sivakaran from the post of Secretary of the Youth Wing of the ITAK in the run-up to the last presidential election.

ITAK is the largest constituent of the four party TNA.

Attorney-at-law Sumanthiran said that the party had suspended both Sivakaran and Northern Provincial Council member Ananthi Sasitharan after they publicly denounced TNA’s decision to back Maithripala Sirisena’s candidature at the last presidential polls. Sasitharan had been the joint secretary of the ITAK’s Women’s Wing.

MP Sumanthiran said both Sivakaran and Sasitharan had been suspended pending internal inquiry.

Among those arrested in connection with the Chavakachcheri explosives haul are former Trincomalee leader of the LTTE Intelligence Wing in Tricomalee Kalai Arasan alias Arivalahan, former Special Commander of the Charles Anthony Brigade Ganapathipillai Sivamurthi alias Nagulan, former Ampara District LTTE Commander Deemalasingham Arichchandran alias Ramand and an LTTE cadre identified as Damotharan Jayakanth.



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