30 October, 2020

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Help Me Find My Brother From Matale Mass Grave – Says A Brother

By Colombo Telegraph

The brother of state terror victim urged any national or international organisation to help identify his brother’s remains by DNA profiling the victims skeletal remains found in Matale.

Bandula Idamegama the brother of late Ananda Idamegama, then the leader of the inter-university students’ federation told the Colombo Telegraph; “He was a final year engineering student in the mid 80s when he was expelled from the Peradeniya University by the Udalagama Commission for his student activism as an idealistic youth. He was then the leader of the inter-university students’ federation and it was also rumoured that he had been a member of the JVP‘s then Central Committee.”

Bandula Idamegama

“Incidentally, Kumar Gunaratnam‘s brother Ranjitam Gunaratnam was a contemporary of my brother and he too was killed. Both Shantha Bandara and my brother had entered their respective universities, from Science College, Matale.” He said.

“As for my brother, my information is that the plain-clothed security personnel had picked him up at the Dambulla Pola, based on information extracted from the person he was to have met there, on that particular day. We know that they tortured and killed him. But our family expects accountability in this regard. My guess is that his remains too might be among those being unearthed now.”

“As Ananda’s brother I am keen to know the circumstances of his murder: who gave the order to disappear him and who carried it out, when and where. Was his corpse burned or just dumped in a mass grave? Our dearest wish now is to get Anandan’s remains back so we can give him a decent burial,” he said further.

Magistrate Chathurika de Silva told a court in the central town of Matale last Wednesday that tests carried out by archaeological and judicial medical officers show the skeletal remains found inside the premises of a government hospital dated back to between 1987 and 1990. During that period thousands of men and women suspected of having ties to the rebels disappeared after being arrested by security forces.

Ananda Idamegama

Bandula Idamegama said; “Ever since political independence was given to us by the British colonial rulers virtually on a platter, Lanka has been dabbling in Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinist politics. The taxpayer-maintained state apparatus, including the police and the armed forces too are still being utilized by the majority Sinhalese Buddhists for the said purpose, a la former communist countries led by the former USSR which, incidentally, is 15 independent republics today. Having said that, I reiterate that we – my mother, three sisters and I – do expect accountability and justice for my brother, Ananda Idamegama’s enforced disappearance. This we expect a citizens of our country – who did what to him and when and where?”

“Last year, C A Chandraprema, the political writer, wrote ‘Gota’s War’ eulogising Gotabaya Rajapakse’s contribution to the crushing of the northern insurgency, indirectly rubbishing claims that Sarath Fonseka, as Army Commander, was the principal architect of the military victory. But that book was written and published before the discovery of the mass graves at Matale. In that book, in the twenty-eighth chapter titled ‘The Second JVP Insurrection’, the author makes an unintended revelation. He writes on Page 173: “On 1 May 1989, with Colonel Wimalaratne being promoted to the rank of Brigadier, Gota was made the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion of the Gajaba Regiment…With this promotion, he was posted to Matale as the district coordinating officer tasked with bringing the JVP under control. The first Gajaba Battalion, which had been in Trincomalee for nearly one and a half years, was brought down to Matale. Lieutenants Shavendra Silva, Jagath Dias and Sumedha Perera were among his company commanders in Matale…(p 177) Gota remained the security coordinating officer of Matale until the end of the second JVP insurrection. In January 1990, he applied for three months leave and went to the USA to see his family.”

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    It is said that there are three things that cannot ever be hidden: Sun, Moon and the Truth.

    Now we see the unraveling of the Truth!

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      But this gentleman needs to understand that he will neither see his brother nor justice…he will have to mourn for his brother quietly for ever under Rajapakse rule….!!

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    Bandula Idamegama must never give up. Until justice is done. Not now.

    This is a unique situation. UNP now in opposition screaming about HR was behind these terrible atrocities at that time.

    This is a good opportunity for SL to clean up her act finally.

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    Here is an opportunity to raise the matter, even under the US laws, and as you quote from a recent Book, you have to follow it up logically.

    The white-van is not permanently garaged tough!

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    This would be another addition to the UN resolution that will be presented in 2015. So it is time for the Government to appoint an independent public commission to investigate the Matale skeleton issue. This should be an open public investigation not inside closed doors. This would prove to the world at least at this time there is some sort of law and order in Sri Lanka. The government of Sri Lanka should not miss this opportunity. If no open public credible investigation is held, then it will prove beyond doubt that the police and armed forces in Sri Lanka are in illegal extra judicial killing spree for generations.

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    A good precedent to apply scientific methods to trace the killers. It will be a ground breaker in the history of forsenic medicine in Sri Lanka. Can also be applied to other potential sites. He should be afforded all facilities by the HRC and UN.

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      Safa

      Set up a independent Credible Truth Commission to investigate all war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated from 5th April 1971.

      Those who demand evidence will see witnesses emerging from shadows.

      As said several times before and will say it again, perpetrators are the witnesses, if given amnesty they will confess to all those gruesome killing and torture.

      Truth matters to those who lost their kith, kin and friends

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    Ananda Udalagama’s case and other war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Sri Lankan military during the period should to go unheeded without perpetrators being punished under the international law for committing war crimes and crimes against humanity as we have no faith in Sri Lanka’s judiciary and its system which is now controlled by criminal elements of MR’s clan.

    Chandra Seneviratne

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    Ananda Udalagama’s case and other war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Sri Lankan military during the period should NOT to go unheeded without perpetrators being punished under the international law for committing war crimes and crimes against humanity as we have no faith in Sri Lanka’s judiciary and its system which is now controlled by criminal elements of MR’s clan.

    Chandra Seneviratne

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    At best, we must identify these people and hand over their remains to their loved ones.

    At worst, we must give these people a public, multi-religious funeral, unidentified and respected to represent all those who died in the “89 uprising.

    Our greatest, Human Rights Advocate, who went to the UN to complain of HR abuses, remain silent.

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    These are people with a specific agenda and nothing more.

    When LTTE killed innocent people they did not say anything before or after and stayed silent. When JVP killed innocent people they did not say anything. Even now, the powerful govts kill innocent people and destroy powerless countries. These people and organizations are silent.

    It is simplyt bullying and and showing weakness.

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    Actually, now there is an urgent need for an international impartial investigation and inquiry to the matters happened to both Tamils and Sinhalese. If Sri Lanka wants to progress, the past must be rectified. The people voice should be heard loudly and clearly, otherwise no one could save the nation from those ghosts who rule the nation for the past six decades.

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    So 25 years later they have come back. Welcome back. You know it is heartbreaking. Wish we could sooth all the pain and agony you went through once as price for idealism. Let us do the DNA so that you could go back home to your families. And let us also not forget that there are so many others scattered in the South and in the North who are waiting to go home.

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    If I may add, in the absence of the Uncle, Nephew Party, the only credible opposition we have is the JVP. The buggers have exposed many irrational actions of the GOSL and calling the Govt on the mat. The Govt and the JVP compete for the same voter base.

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    Ask Ranil W

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    I AGREE WITH THE SENTIMENTS EXPRESSED BY AJITH

    Chandra Seneviratne

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    When MR and Vasu went to the UN to complain against violations of Human Rights in Sri Lanka in ’89, it appears the brother Gota has been one of the perpetrators? This scumbag MR is the worst beast that civilization has seen. Their actions seem coming home to roost? How come that all those who have written about the JVP’s past have missed out on this. The unearthing of the skeletal remains at Matale does not appear mere coincidental.

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      It must be the nature of things, that the reverse effect happens to you in the same birth and not in the next birth.

      Imagine MR’s situation, he complains to the UN, and his brother is alleged to be involved in the messy situation and then others complain about the two brothers at the same UN. Oh My!

      Ranjan Wijeyrathna, commended Gota’s ” efficiency ” in bringing Matale under control. Matale was a Hot Bed during the troubled times of ’89.

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    The citizenship of all Lankans now stand downgraded to vassal status and the womb of the world is struggling to deliver a new nation state, thus adding to the international community:the fiefdom of RAJAFUCKISTAN!

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    As Chandraprema also had a hand in eliminating those JVP youths, he may included the appointment of GOTABAYA to prove what a brave man he was to eliminate innocent youths. Now Gotas War, a rubbish document is coming to haunt them for these crimes. As someone suggested as Gota is an American citizen, USA should take up this very serious issue.

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    Where are the remains of Thousands of Tamil Tigers who got killed at Nanthikandal and thousands of Civilians who died during the final war.

    Many of their photos are in Youtube.

    Where are they buried and where are their remains.

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    The latest news is that that the Government is taking all measures to suppress the information that Gota is responsible for the crime.We have a king who rules the country with his family and able to do any thing that he needs without any hindrance.The white van will be put in operation to curb the situation.The mother who made the statement must be very much careful from being abducted. Why US Government just keeping silence when it’s citizens commit crimes against humanity.

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    We Sinhalese don’t care about peace or human rights. We are proud Indo-Aryans, despite being black, and we are proud of our great culture and civilization. We have built many great things and have contributed in the progress of civilization! Our hero Rajapaksa is the 2nd Aryan hero after Hitler! The whole of Sri Lanka belongs to us alone as we are a mighty and noble race!

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    The status quo of the investigation into the Matale Mass Grave that the authorities – the ruling family clique – have transferred both the Judicial Medical Officer and the Magistrate concerend out of Matale, thus scuttling the judicial process. Anyway, I request the victims’ near and dear ones not to give up hope.

    In Germany, they carried out forensic tests as well as DNA tests, right up up to 2009, on the skeletal remains believed to be of the slain Rosa Luxembourg, who was one of the leading lights of the German Social Democratic Party,during the time of World War.This story is there on Wikipedia.

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      Maha Sanga will look into this.

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