In a bid to retain the army in the Northern Province, the government has been accused of cooking up an assassination plot against Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M A Sumanthiran.
Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran said that the police had not informed courts about a possible death threat against Sumanthiran and only informed the courts about the drug possession by former LTTE cadres. “This seems to be a ruse, because if the ex-LTTE cadres had in fact had any plans to assassinate Sumanthiran, then why did the police fail to mention this to the Magistrate when the case was taken up, instead they only told the court about the drugs in possession of the ex-cadres,” he pointed out.
One of the main conditions of the US resolution on Sri Lanka submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in 2015 was for the demilitarization of the north and east, and to return lands under the military back to the civilians.
“The government has cooked up this assassination story, in an attempt to try and justify why the army needs to continue to be present in the former war torn areas of the north and east, and they will use this Sumanthiran’s ‘assassination plot’ as one such example,” a source said.
In January, the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) said it arrested four ex-LTTE cadres for allegedly plotting to assassinate Sumanthiran. They were arrested in Jaffna.
Following this development, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), an ally of the Government said that this assassination plot was a sign that the LTTE was regrouping. JHU Spokesman Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said that the assassination plot against Sumanthiran was supported by several diaspora members who have been helping the LTTE regroup. According to Warnasinghe several diaspora members including former LTTE sympathizers and leaders were part of the operations to revive the terrorist group. He claimed that Sivaparan from Norway, Winayagam from France, and US based Rudrakumar, were supporting the assassination bid against the TNA MP, who has been identified as a ‘moderate TNA MP.’
In 2014, the Rajapaksa regime also devised a similar game plan where they used ‘terrorism’ to enjoy impunity and avoid international scrutiny by bringing out “K.P. Selvanayagam a.k.a. Gobi” for a similar ruse.