22 June, 2018

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I Died But I Don’t Know Why

By Farweez Imamudeen

Farweez Imamudeen

Four Muslim youngsters had brutally assaulted an innocent Sinhala Buddhist youngster in Teldeniya; a town that is situated nearly 20 km away from Kandy. A few days later the innocent victim succumbed to his injuries at the ICU in the Kandy Teaching Hospital. The crime is despicable and inhumane, not only because it’s a murder, but because it’s a murder that’s uncalled for, unjustified and ruthless. No doubt the criminals have to pay for it, and this is the time we should stand united as one nation with the innocent victim, late M.G. Kumarasinghe and his family for the sake of truth, justice and humanity.

But is it fair to unleash the hounds of hatred and racism against an entire people for the heartless actions of a few?

It always begins as a private conflict; a bitter altercation, an ugly brawl or at the extremes, a senseless murder.

But the premise leads to an unreasonable conclusion; a Muslim challenged a Sinhala Buddhist, therefore the entire Muslim community, including women, children, and all those who have not even a remote share in the crime, ought to be taught a lesson; a lesson that some certainly do not require, yet the fact that they bear the same names, wear the same clothes, share the same faith is a good enough reason to be taught the lesson.

M.G. Kumarasinghe

Some argue that the conclusion is fairly reasonable, for they contend, that every member of the untaught community, by virtue of being a member of that community, shares the same evil traits, qualities, emotions, attributes and characteristics of the convict (the plethora of scientific facts that are against this theory do not apply to this particular scenario).

So the innocent victim asks the fanatic,

Are we not human then? Are we not flesh and blood? Do we not bleed if you prick us?

The fanatic replies,

NO! you are beasts ! you can never be civilized. You need to be hammered down to submission with iron rods; your livelihoods torched and torn apart with your independence; and if you live, you should be driven out of your homes with nothing but your women, infants and the sick wailing behind you. That should teach you a lesson.

Thus, you pay for the crime of one.

Why women, children and the sick? asks the bewildered innocent victim

The fanatic growls,

“The women bore the filth, the children are the future devils, and the sick…..the sick….they are just crippled monsters”

The innocent victim attempts yet another rational approach,

But the criminals are a mere negligible minority; the predominant majority is innocent. They don’t have a criminal past do they?

The fanatic prods his prey mockingly with his iron rod, and scoffs,

It doesn’t matter. You people sprout from the same seed; follow the same scripture, and worship a God that incites hatred and violence against the non-believers. Therefore, you rats should die.

The innocent victim opens something that looks like a book, and pleads while pointing at it,

How can you say that? Have you even read this scripture; the Qur’an?

The fanatic grins a disapproving grin, and snarls,

No! But I’ve heard! Which world do you live in? Aren’t you on Facebook?!

With all attempts to reason and logic failed, the innocent victim finally tries to make sense,

How do you think killing me can solve the problem?

It won’t. But you are the message that will be delivered, wrapped in blood; the fear that I’m going to cast in their hearts; the revenge that I’m going to grant my people.

With that, the racist villain drags the iron rod behind him, and moves closer to his target.

Trapped, scared and forsaken, the innocent victim turns to his final, and only hope of light at the end of a dark and dreary tunnel; the State.

He stumbles on his back tracks and slumps on the floor, and clings on to the left boot, and stares a dark stare at the blank face that glares chin up.

“Sir! Can you protect me?” He implores.

The State stands proud; unperturbed.

He pulls desperately by the State’s garment, beats with his bare arms on its legs, and yells at the top of his voice.

“SIR! CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME!”

The villain sneers and swings the iron rod over his head.

As the wrought edge of the iron rod swishes down with a thundering blow, a final thought crosses the innocent victim’s mind;

“Should I die for what I never knew, for what I never did, and for what I shall never do?”

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    Yes …..But you have been buried leaving many more deaths and violence in our country…..

    Your family has been compensated with around Rs. 15 lks for you even though assault on you led to an unintentional death. . Thats why Muslims came to compensate you. But your wife and family members NEVER OPENED mouth about this money they got from Muslims .

    Your family could have requested and insisted all Kaavi Rowdies who visited your home when your were lifeless in your bed , Not to make any violence against Muslims . But your family supported these atrocities even after getting money from Muslims.

    Shame…… Shame…… If you can , you better appear in your wife and children’s dream and inspire them to come out to open mouth about this violence .. every moderate and peace loving souls are silently crying and praying………

    Also a bomb in a house where Tamils are living, has been found by Batticalo police in which isis written. Now Budda Terrorists are join hands with Tamil Terrorists to attack Muslims using same tactics .
    CURSE ON BUDDA KAAVI TERRORISTS in Sri Lanka..

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      UnIntentional Death ?. Were you there when incident happen ?. Money can’t replace a life pal. Shame is on you and your allah.
      We won’t get any curse from muslims like you who destroied our Bamyan Buddhist Heritages.
      Pl. go to UAE. you do not belong here. very soon houthi’s will destroy your holy land of allah. Amen for that.

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        ”’you will not get curse”’ ?
        your comment proves you are one of Budda Terrorists who looted shops and killed an innocent guy . Beware, not only us , if your Budhda – Siddartha , alive today, he will throw you in fire cursing you and all thugs.. Shame on you……….. please try to be behave as a Human if you are following budhism teaching.

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      ceylonee, money can’t replace a father, son, brother or a friend. There is a doubt that this innocent was killed in the hospital. How true is this version?

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        Fatim
        Yes I too have some doubts.. I got a video which raise the issue . Sin Kele killers have no mercy when money is paid.I may post here.

  • 12
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    I do accept that there are few in every ethnic group who do commit heinous crimes for which they do be punished by the Judiciary. The Justice should not be targeted against the entire ethnic/Religious group and need to be stopped by the Police
    I still see no reason for police’s inactivity why the Sinhala Buddhist Monks are whipping up racial violence

  • 8
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    ‘ under the roof of heaven,all men are brothers’.
    We are just so sad about what’s happening…
    Our dear land.
    Our dear countrymen.
    We humbly beg you.please
    Stop this violence.

  • 9
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    A moving write up. No one should be able to take law onto their hands. No justification in collective punishment.

  • 11
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    Didn’t 1982 (Jaffna library, the most shameful, barbarian event), 1983 (cruel mayhem that turned history) , and 1989 (Bheeshanaya , 60,000 young lives, tyre pyres) all happened during UNP times? Does anyone contest the fact that all took place under the guidance of UNP masterminds, carried out by UNP thugs and vigilantes?. Wasn’t Ranil Wickramasinghe a powerful minister each time? Talk about impunity – single criminal brought before the law? Yet who vote for UNP? – the greatest irony of my life. Will GT and other Yahapalana suckers ever wield their dazzling ‘kaduwa’ on that?
    Soma

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      In the not too distant past, in the reign of terror of the 1980s the UNP & JVP competed with each other in abducting, torturing and executing hundreds of youth. The vigilantes of the UNP such as Black Cats, Green Tigers etc. and the Deshapremi death squads of Keerthi Wijebahu of the JVP had a field day then. Neither of these two parties has accepted their guilt so far. – CDN

  • 2
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    What the innocent victim forgot to ask the fanatic were these two questions, i.e.

    Have you made Buddha satisfied ? and
    If my fellow Muslims get upset of my death and they know your were the killer why cannot they teach the same lesson art least to you?

    Or my motherland what you want us to do? we cannot cross to any land because of the Indian ocean. Last resort is to act upon our human rights, SELF DEFENSE.

  • 3
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    We all are civilised enough to know right and wrong . It is reported that this general man was almost recovered from his injuries in his hospital bed.. He was able to eat food after 4 days of treatment and yet, he succumbed to death three days later. How has been a mysterious death. In any society this type of disputes take place. If a Sinhalese kills a Muslim in an accident you do not blame all sinhalese community for that .. why people give religious or communal interpretation for this ? why police did not take action. It is said some politics behind this all.

  • 4
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    It is high time for all the Sri Lankan’s to say NO to any more racially inspired violence. We have had enough over the years since independence. What have we achieved— a country in deep debt; transport system especially the Train devices are still as if the British has left the country yesterday. We are now in the process of swapping equity for debts. Soon other powerful countries are going to be in the control of Sri Lanka.

  • 3
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    Almost all the MP’s are concentrating on how to rob. Who cares about deaths or riots? When things happen, talk like patriots, then forget by blaming.

  • 0
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    When our leaders are corrupt and fail to govern the mob rules, as it does not take much more than raw emotion to lead a mob. We must blame corruption as the cause of all suffering and bring the corrupt under the arm of justice. If we are free from curruption, then we gain the ability to see wright from wrong , to observe the connection between cause and effect. Where is the presence law and order in order to bring justice to our society and prove that the corrupt are held against the full force of the law. Then the people will find confidence in abiding by the law of the land

  • 0
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    The men who died in this racial riots were peace loving, harmonious human beings. To die to ignite such hatred would never have been the wish of brother Kumarasinghe. Sri Lanka has bled enough in the past.
    This article is a testimonial to the selfish political and capitalistic hounds who devour the peace by igniting the wrath of the ignorant in the name of religion- a weapon worse than the nuclear bomb.

  • 1
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    The ethnicity of the men who assaulted the man is actually suspicious , even if they were Muslim by birth “DRINKING IS NOT THE ISSUE HERE AT ALL ,I KNOW A LOT OF MALAY MUSLIMS WHO DRINK EVERYDAY EXCEPT ON THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS , ITS THEIR CHOICE ,BUT WILL NEVER STOOP TO THIS LEVEL,, THERE ARE A FEW MAFIA MUSLIMS WHO WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR MONEY , THIS COULD BE A paid CONTRACT , THERE ARE MAFIA MUSLIMS IN THE PAST WHO KILLED MUSLIMS FOR MONEY ,SO WHY CANT THIS BE THE SAME? IT WAS TOO WELL ORGANIZED TO BE CONSIDERED AN EMOTIONAL REACTION ,OH MY FREAKING FOOT, PICKING EXACT LOCATIONS TO BE ATTACKED ,NO WAY THERE IS A POLITICAL HAND IN THIS FOR SURE ,

    HOW ABOUT WIMAL’S POODLE ? DID HE NOT BETRAY MUSLIMS AND STILL DO? DID THE BUGGER SAY ONE WORD CONDEMNING IT? NO BECAUSE HE IS ONE OF THEM ,PAID ,HE IS AKA MR.WIMAL’S 10% COLLECTION
    Many undercover agents are at work ,so be careful ,especially if they claim they are converts ,inverts or reverts or any fxxxx, VERTS..99% are fake agents ,just like Zionist “FAKE “Evangelicals , they all work together hand in gloves

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    The whole drama was preplanned ,many politicians , and foreign funding(faked Zionist Evangelicals money mostly) is involved ,this was not a drunkards brawl ,I refuse to believe a word of it.
    The men who attacked , I do not care what their ethnicity may be ,were for sure paid contract killers ,well planned , they may even be well protected now ,,guess what ? during MR the king’s time ,most of the fearsome inmates were killed and there was talk that potte Nuafer also was killed ,only to find him relaxing in Kandy prison .
    This attack was well planned ,the areas were visited by whatever that guy calls his organization by ,why can’t people see it ? Why is that he is not arrested ,with so much evidence ?
    If it was truly a drunkard brawl knowing what happened in gintota ,ampare , why was he not transfered to a private good hospital in Colombo ? Why even could have flown him overseas for treatment . no he was left to die ,it was important to sacrifice a man popular among Muslims , just like the first case of the Burmese girl’s rape( Was framed on four poor Rohingya innocent men & hanged them no trial ,no evidence ) which ignited the entire genocide .
    Muslims please stop being gullible.

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