By Shenali D Waduge
The media has highlighted news of requests by LTTE-created-TNA to release LTTE prisoners. For whose benefit, why and for what reasons would a political party request to release hard core LTTE cadres into society when they had flatly refused to follow the rehabilitation & reintegration program? More importantly why would a government assuring the people that it would not allow terrorism to arise wish to consent to an absurd request to release terrorists who should be charged for crimes upon unarmed civilians instead of setting them free to be amongst us challenging our safety and security?
Then Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera’s article on 2 June 2015 in the Island newspaper under the caption ‘Rape and Murder of Vithiya’ draws reference to the need to analyse the arson that followed the rape. This is important because there are available statistics to show that 112 cases of rape has taken place in the North between 2008-2014 inclusive of a 8month old baby and none of the 112 cases of rape (some murders) resulted in a riot as what happened following the rape of Vithiya.
Thus, we need to seriously wonder if the vandalism and the rape were two different scenarios conveniently tied together perhaps as an experiment to see how far these ‘outbursts’ could be triggered to spread to other cities with a larger plan to cause chaos throughout the country!
Both President and PM must realize that they will be no one one’s darling for long because the ultimate gameplan is to use them to get what they want and thereafter to kick them out by the masses that brought them in! It’s a cruel world but that’s the reality!
How did the Government react to the murder & the vandalism? It transfered the police officers who caught the culprits and rounded up the vandals! The Government is advised not to cover up the vandalism but to get to the bottom of it for ultimately it is the Government that will be held accountable by the world if the situation does in fact spread as planned.
With the knowledge that India clandestinely trained Tamil youth and started the menace of terrorism in Sri Lanka, the vandalism that took place outside the Jaffna courts must be looked as more than anger for a rape and murder. Remember 112 cases and nothing happened including a 8month baby and an 80year old grand mother!
The media reported of Mahalingam Sivakumar, a Swiss national close to the TNA coming frequently to made pornographic movies – rape being one. A very nice venture for a Tamil to come all the way to Sri Lanka and have his own people subject to sexual indecency and then make money by selling the tapes abroad. That he was near the scene suffices to be reason why he was tied to a tree by the villagers. Then arrives the UNP MP and has her security guards release him and take him to the police!
Where was UNP MP Shashikala Maheswaran when these 112 cases happened? Why didn’t she come out in 2008 to say life with LTTE was far better?
The other high profile figure is the Dean of the Law Faculty Prof. Thamilmaran who is said to have requested the release of the Tamil Swiss national – though the good prof has obviously denied this and why not he’s likely to run for a TNA parliamentary seat soon! The involvement of the Navy in helping to transport the Dean and the rapist to Colombo where he was eventually arrested before fleeing the country.
The Sunday Rivira is also reported to have raised queries about an Indian Tamil among the arrested and when Indian High Commission officials make a bid for his release, no one can blame us for imagination running riot!
With the announcement of the Sirisena Government in agreeing to the LTTE-created TNA’s request to release ‘political prisoners’ who in other words are hard core LTTE cadres is the fact that 90 of the 130 arrested for vandalism of the Jaffna Courts were LTTE, additionally there are about 3000 unemployed but rehabilitated LTTE living on hand outs by the Diaspora and these guys who are living off handouts are expected to deliver when ordered. Many of the submissions by Tamils to the UNHRC investigators included details about the killers of their children roaming the roads free while the families were stuck in poverty and continuing to grieve. We have every right to wonder what mischief segments of the Jaffna University, TNA MPs, NPC members and possibly with the involvement of Indian intelligence has in inciting the riots that led to stoning the Jaffna Court complex. All this was well knit into a month that meant victory for Sri Lanka but anger for those who were living off the LTTE not necessarily as its members but people who benefitted because LTTE prevailed. This winnable situation for them became an unwinnable war for the rest of the country and that 30 year mantra was blown to bits in just 3 years!
In the best interest of this government it must desist from taking lightly the vandalism that took place outside the Jaffna courts. It must realize that with the already high numbers of trained LTTE cadres in prison with TNA demanding their release, the LTTE cadres who have returned from overseas believing the environment now safe for them to return and with the release of hardcore LTTE cadres it spells trouble moreso when caches of arms are emerging suddenly all over the island. Obviously these have been smuggled or had been hidden to be used and the ground work is being already laid.
As things stand there is no requirement for a terrorist leader. The objective is clear and Eelam to be given is not meant for Tamils (in Tamil Nadu or Sri Lanka) but for the West & India and to realize their bigger plans that has found it a piece of cake to fool West-worshipping Wickremasinghe and Sirisena ready to please anyone who will keep him remaining President plus a Diaspora ready to enjoy dividends overseas for fooling the Tamils in Sri Lanka plus the Tamil politicians ready to dance to their tune in an arrangement of cash-on-delivery.
The scenario raises need for caution and certainly not the attitude the Government is taking in pretending only the rape happened and the vandalism was related to it. We must all the while remember that militancy started clandestinely and took us unawares. The same nation is again functioning as a nosy parker in our internal affairs and will continue to do so unabashedly.
We cannot afford to walk into another 30 years of conflict enjoying just 6 years of peace.
The new Government must remember this at all times and realize that their decisions are causing ripples to the peace that was enjoyed in the last 6 years by the unwise decisions they are now taking.