Jathika Jana Balawegaya (JJB) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake challenged the Government to prove that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) was behind the arson attacks targeting properties of SLPP MPs and provincial politicians on 9 May. Dissanayake said the party is ready to face any kind of investigation.
Speaking in Parliament, Dissanayake said for decades the JVP members have been subjected to violence by politicians of main parties since the Party entered mainstream politics in 1994.
“We are the victims of State terrorism. Our comrades were killed during the elections. But we never picked a stone to instigate attacks because we want to protect democracy. MP Arundika Fernando has a pre-judgement that the JVP is behind the arson attacks. I ask him to prove with names and identities,” he said.
In response, Fernando said the IGP had informed him that out of more than 400 suspects, 150 of them are members of the JVP.
Dissanayake: “Then the IGP must have been the one who gave those 150 persons JVP membership. Those who were arrested over the said incidents in Gampaha, Anuradhapura, Kamburupitiya, Deniyaya and Devundara are not members of the JVP. The Police and the Army were not summoned to control the situation because of the power struggle between the President and the former Prime Minister. The President wanted to embarrass the former Prime Minister to force the latter to step down. The President’s group claim that the former Prime Minister wanted to exit after leaving the whole country in jeopardy.”
Speaking further, he said those who instigate SLPP supporters to attack peaceful protesters at Galle Face should be held accountable for the violence. “Everything happened because of that. The people are suffering from shortages of essentials. The mounting pressure, untold suffering and frustration burst out following the attack on peaceful protesters,” he said.
BY Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake