18 July, 2019

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On The Millennium City Safe House Affair

By Gamini Dullewe

Gamini Dullewe

It appears the majority is unaware of the real facts, pertaining to this safe house and those with vested interest are trying to paint a different picture politically, to mislead all. In 2006 or 2007, I had the requirement to buy a barrel of Colas to get my front compound carpeted. Since it was not available in the Kandy town, I was directed to a dealer at Udathalawinna in Wattegama. When I went there, I met the person concerned and fetched the barrel of Colas. In the process of conversation, I asked him about the incident where ten Muslim youth were gunned down in a van on the Election Day in December 2001. He responded, saying it happened right in front of his house. He said, most people after voting that day had been indoors, through fear of violence. Around 5 p.m. he had heard some speeding vehicles and gun fire. When he looked out from his upstairs house, he had observed a van being chased by a Defender Jeep. The van had come to a halt just near the level crossing, right in front of his house, where upon some in the Defender Jeep had jumped out and rushed to the van and started firing into the van. The whole saga was over, in less than a couple of minutes and the Defender Jeep had left the scene immediately. A few vehicles that came afterwards along the road, had by passed the van but had not stopped to probe. There had been absolute silence and no one had approached the van that had been lying across the road. After about 15 to 20 minutes, he had approached the van and found many lying covered in blood and someone groaning asking for some water. Then another who was also alive had asked him not to drink, because there was time left to break the fast for the day. Since no one arrived from the neighbourhood to help him, he had got back to his house and kept watch. Then he had seen the one who had asked the other not to drink water, getting off the van and walking along the railway track limping and disappeared in to the fast fading daylight. After about an hour or so the Police had arrived and cleared the van along with the dead bodies. The Police had knocked on his door and had inquired for a statement and he had related what he had seen. Later that night a group of Army men had arrived and had warned him to keep his mouth shut. Later realizing the gravity and danger being a witness, he with his father, who knew Anurudha Ratwatte had gone to meet him the following day and had explained the situation. Then Anuruddha Ratwatte had assured no harm will happen, but to keep quiet, which he did. 

It was subsequently that the story of Lohan Ratwatte and his brother’s involvement surfaced to the dastardly crime. The IGP then, had personally instructed SP Kandy Police, Kulasiri Udugampola to look in to the matter and report to DIG Nimal Mediwaka. Kulasiri Udugampola had looked for Lohan Ratwatte and his brother, but there was no trace of them to obtain a statement. After about two weeks, Kulasiri Udugampola had received information, that Lohan and his brother were visiting a particular house at the Millennium City Complex at Athurugiriya. Thereafter SP Kulasiri Udugampola having informed his superior, the DIG of Kandy, had set upon to visit the premises at the Millennium City Complex with a team of six Officers. Reaching Colombo they had contacted the Military Police unit in Narahenpita and a couple more Military Police Officers also had joined them on the raid. Upon inquiry they had managed to locate the house and there had been two individuals at that time in the house. One Subramanium an informant, that he came to know later and Sgt. Maj. Jayamanne of the Army. This same Sgt. Maj. Jayamanne is the person from Kegalle who later committed suicide claiming that he was responsible for the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge, long after this incident. 

On inspecting the house, there had been nothing incriminating, except the front room had been locked. When requested to open the room, they had been informed, that the key was with Capt. Nilam. When SP Kulasiri Udugampola had indicated that if the room cannot be opened that they will have to force open the room. Then only they had telephoned Capt. Nilam who had turned up with Sgt. Maj. Udalagama to open the room. In the room there had been a stock of Thermoberic Missiles, RPG Launchers, RPGs and a number of T 56 weapons. When questioned they had been unable to give a plausible reason for storing such a stock of weapons, without adequate security. The discovery had been reported to the DIG in Kandy and the IGP, which led the Army Commander being contacted about the storage of weapons at this house, to which the Army Commander had replied that he was unaware of the existence of such a Safe house, to store arms and ammunition. It is only then SP Udugampola had been given the approval to take all in to custody, along with all the weapons and be taken up to Kandy and remand them. After they had been taken to Kandy with the arsenal, SP Kulasiri Udugampola had been instructed to hand over the arrested Officers with the weapons to the STF, which he had complied. Thereafter the STF had been instructed to hand over the Officers and the arsenal to the Army for further Inquiry by the higher Authorities. That was the end of the matter. 

It was only thereafter, that there was an attempt to project this house as a ‘Safe House’, by the SLFP led MPs in the Parliament led by Wimal Weerawansa, blaming the UNP in general and Ranil Wickremesinghe in particular, for exposing an Army Safe House involved of a unit responsible for deep penetration of the LTTE held areas.  Ranil and the UNP were accused of exposing the Intelligence Officers by this raid that led to the LTTE gunning down the Intelligence Officers subsequently they claimed. The UNP was held responsible for their deaths as alleged by Wimal Weerawansa and the gang.  To put the record straight, I am made to understand that none of the Intelligence Officers of the Army who were in this Safe House, have been gunned down by the LTTE to date. It is the informants, former LTTE cadre who had surrendered to the Army and who had been providing information, are those who had been gunned down. Here again the list of informants, maintained by the Army, was not known to the Police party led by SP Udugampola and if as alleged, it was leaked to the LTTE, obviously has to be by the anti UNP forces that kept hammering Ranil as a betrayer of the country and the Forces, before the Presidential election in 2005, accusing Ranil of a ‘Ali Koti Givisuma’ while it was none other than MR, who has had secret dealings with the LTTE, paying them money to prevent the Northeast vote, be cast, for MR  to become the President. Therefore it is very clear as to who had dealings with the LTTE and passing the list of Informants to be gunned down, to blame Ranil, is the handy work of no other. Maj. Muthalif and Parami Kulathunga a school mate of mine, who had no connection to this Safe House, were both killed after information of their movements were informed to the LTTE, from within the Army itself, by an Army Capt who was arrested, tried and convicted later. 

Lasantha Wickrematunge wrote extensively in the Sunday Leader, reference this Safe House then. He clearly stated that for it to be called a Safe House, it should have been in the enemy territory or at least close to the border of conflict. He also pointed out, what the necessity was, in storing lethal weapons without proper security, when the Army Camps at Panagoda and Kohuwela were in close proximity to this Safe House at Athurugiriya? The fact that the Army Commander was unaware of this safe house indicated very clearly, that this house was used to store the arsenal for a clandestine operation by some party within the Army itself and certainly not for the Deep Penetrating unit of the Army.          

If one were to remember the period before the 2001 December General Election, the UNP used a Luxury Bus, painted in green with a large photo of Ranil’s, for his propaganda campaign. Ranil at times had travelled in this bus. Information had been received at that time that the Bus was to be targeted to be blown up by firing a mortar. Therefore it was suspected this house at the Millennium City, to be the store house for the purpose. In addition prior to the General Election, a Police party in civvies with SP Police Nihal Karunaratne, Chandrika’s Body Guard and a couple more Police officers, were arrested with RPGs at Hewaheta. Unable to explain their presence in the area where Ranil was to address a Political meeting they were apprehended and later charged and convicted. However they were quietly pardoned and released by MR once he became the President. Chandrika had also employed a notorious Underworld murderer known as Baddegana Sanjeeva, who was earlier in the camp of Sirisena Cooray and Premadasa during their heyday when a similar killing spree continued under the UNP.

Chandrika is a very vicious and a vindictive woman, as described in Victor Ivan’s book ‘The Choura Ragini’. In spite of SP Kulasiri Udugampola being exonerated by the Director Police of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and being applauded by his senior Police Officers, for a job well done in apprehending the suspects, Chandrika got a case filed against SP Kulasiri Udugampola, and got him interdicted from service in May 2005. From that time he has been denied of his Salary and later his Pension. He has been put through a lot of hardship and harassment, merely to take revenge from an Officer who only carried out his duty. Had  there been a Bona Fide case against SP Kulasiri Udugampola, then his Superiors in the Police who gave him approva for the raidl, too should have been indicted. Strangely the target was only SP Kulasiri Udugampola. The case has dragged well over 14 years and SP Kulasiri Udugampola is retired now with no Pension or the past salary. As for Chandrika the Choura Bandit, could not have earned poetic justice, better, from her own successor, than from her opponents, in the most humiliating manner, that she richly deserves every bit of what was dished out to her, that she had to face. Therefore let us not be fooled when MS and MR protest against the current PSC which is in session, relating to the Easter Sunday massacre of 21/4, to find out as to who is responsible for the tragedy. The same lot who were responsible for lambasting Ranil and the UNP as Traitors, to have betrayed this Safe House at the Millennium City, now objecting that the Intelligence Officers should not be summoned and questioned, to thwart the Inquiry, to prevent the exposure of the real culprits responsible for 21/4, is understandable. 

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    With respect to the recent accusation of that Country’s intelligence apparatus was destroyed, Ranil and his gang says there are 10-12,000 intelligence people but only 6-7 were arrested. but, foreign media says key people in the intelligence was arrested and they minimum questioned 500 (foreign media says arrested 500) people of the intelligence. So, definitely, they mus have been demoralized by Ranil, Mangala amd PSC. PSC is mostly national list MPs appointed, I think because of some one else’s needs, and one Minister with highly questionable character, Penthouse Ravi were trying to get some specific information. It looks they did not do anything make public known, because ti was one Camara and most of the time it was directed at the witness and not at the MPs. I heard they are looking information for some one and probably they found the information they wanted. Mahanuwara Rathwaththe case is election violence. Mentioning it here is just spoiling the article and make it a propaganda piece. Rathwaththas are Ranils good friends too. Ranil has a history of exposing the intelligence to the outsiders. Ranil loves himself and make rich his extended family at the expense of the country

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      No point harping on Millennium city, we need a report on role of US Millennium Challenge Corporaton (MCC) in the Easter Carnage. and better to write about how the FBI and CIA has destroyed evidence and covered up the US Special Operations Foces (SOF) and Saudi role in master- minding the crime.
      Hoades of foreign intelligance agencies invaded Sri lanka after the Easter Carnage. The authorities and CIVIL SOCIETY should demand accountability from these foreign fake intelligence agencies to reveal what they has found.
      After all we know that the PSC and the army unearthing swords in mosques is to disract us all from the fact that so called US diplomats were discovered with bomb materials by police sniffer dogs, FBI and CIA were in Sri Lanka before the crime happened and the Saudies knew all about it 5 ays before. Mossad has got lands in Kanthalai for the US military base in Trincomalee.

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    Is this correct history ? His story about the shooting seems from first person experience ( if telling the truth ) so we could consider it .

    That his father knew the corrupt Anurudha Ratwatte and on his advise both father and son kept silent is also a narration of personal knowledge( we cannot verify)

    But the rest of this article , about safe houses, SP Udugampola’s conduct etc etc cannot be from personal knowledge but from newspapers and gossip, as the writer of the article was not a witness to any of these things.

    It is wrong to offer this kind of story as accurate history,

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      I don’t know whether this story is true or not but most of us know that there are number of cases of political murders, bomb blasts by the the so called intelligence service or in the name of intelligence to put the blame on some other party was carried during the period of war and after including Lasantha, Kathirkamar, Thajavudeen cases.

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    A well written article to know there’s more to the picture than what’s in front of your nose. Our masses always don’t look beyond their noses and are satisfied with some story the politicians and the corrupt media presents them. Whatever beyond them is a conspiracy God bless this land

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    DIG Premadasa Udugampola, brother of Kulasiri Udugampola, is reputed to have killed nearly 3000 people during JVP troubles. The details including death squad activities and methods of torture are in Amnesty International Reports of that period. They say that he went bonkers after the JVP killed his parents. His infamous method of killing was to insert pencils in the ears of the victims and squash their brains out. My relative who was President of the Kandy Bar Association and defending some of the innocent victims was nearly killed on several occasions and had to flee the country. Let us not forget that all of these killings were done with the sanction and connivance of the then UNP government. Both the Udugampola brothers were political stooges who did the bidding of the UNP politicians of the day. Let us not make saints out of these murderers. Lohan Rawatte’s culpability in the massacre of Muslims, and Millenium City Safe house are two distinct activities, which the writer tries to link in an attempt to confuse readers. What resulted from the Millenium City affair was the exposure of the army intelligence apparatus to the LTTE and the assassination of over 60 intelligence operatives. In any other country, Kulasiri Udugampola would have been tried for treason and shot.

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      Angelo,
      I think that you are trying falsely to connect JVP time police activities with an incident that took place 12 years later. The connections to the killing of 10 Muslim youths to the Millennium City comes via Lohan Ratwatte. Why nobody from higher ups intervened to keep the secret from uncovering? What if the secret operation had both Ranil & Prbhakaran as the Targets?

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      Angelo,

      It is very common today, for those JVPers who managed to escape and their sympathizers to point their finger at the UNP govt in power then to show that they were ruthless. But ask yourself as to who started the carnage from ’71 to culminate in ’88/’89. Beheading people and throwing their heads in front of houses or sticking them on fence posts. Such were the gruesome acts the JVP resorted. In order to counter and maintain Law and order for the safety of the general public the Police and the Forces had to quell the JVP violence. You accuse the Udugampolas for killing the JVP. What else do you expect when the JVP was killing the masses and the families of the Forces? Imagine if your elderly mother and sister and little kids being burnt alive inside your house, what would you do in Udugampola’s shoes? For your information although you list 60 Intelligent Officers have been killed from this bogus safe house at Millennium City, none of the so called Intelligence Officers there had been killed to date. Only the informants have been killed. As I mentioned before there was no list of informants available to Kulasiri Udugampola and it is very likely the list was passed from the Army to the LTTE as done by that Army Capt. who passed the information regards Maj. Muthalif to be killed. Later the Army Capt was caught and prosecuted and convicted. I will give the name of the Capt and the case no, where he was convicted by evening.

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    Very interesting piece, indeed, from an old Trinitian with ‘connections!”
    I have absolutely reliable information with regard to the Udathalawinna massacre which came from one very close to those who organized that mass killing that confirms what the writer has to say.
    What a world of duplicity and double-crossing Sri Lanka has become. Today’s buddy is often yesterday’s enemy!

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      Mr van der Poorten, so the writer is “an old Trinitian with ‘connections!’” That makes 2 of us, tho I cant lay claim to the “connections” bit, alas.

      I wonder if GD was there when I was.

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        Manel Fonseka:
        Happened to have attended the same school as did my father and several uncles! Have mixed feelings about TCK over the years considering some of its products that have brought anything but credit to “the best school of all!”

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      Mr Pooten, your source is what the law calls “hearsay”. You didnt see it , you are reporting what someone else said. That person also may be repeating what was told to him by another so on.This kind of evidence is inadmissible in a court of law.

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        kebab:
        As you obviously have not discovered, this is a forum for discussion of issues, not a court of law where the rules of evidence prevail.
        Trotting out all kinds of “legalities” cannot, in any event, cloud the facts which many in this country are well aware of.

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      “What a world of duplicity and double-crossing Sri Lanka has become.”
      it’s in the DNA emil.Don’t blame us.blame genetics.we are powerless.those days before the science of DNA was known we ourselves could not comprehend or understand our own behaviour,like for example the kasyappa patricide and the countless backstabbing s of our rulers by their siblings and wives..Now what a relief to know that it is not our fault really,but the fault of the DNA the creation of which we are not responsible.

      ps.btw it has not become like that as you mention,but was always like that and always will be like that.Damn that DNA.One plus point is life will never boring.

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    Good story but who ambushed the van carrying Muslim men & why? What is its connection to the Millennium City? Why did Ranil & UNP failed to respond to this false charges?

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    “…On 20th December 2001 a Special Forces team was in place in the Vanni jungle. For once it knew for certain where the elusive Tiger leader was. The assassination team was due to strike on Christmas Eve. The team leaders were just ready to press the start button when they were countermanded, despite fierce intelligence arguments that Prabhakaran’s death would end the war…The Special Forces operatives were stood down temporarily in a safe house in Colombo. In one of the biggest intelligence own goals of the war, the house was raided by Special Branch police from Kandy. The highly secret operation was exposed. It was not a case of overzealous detectives…The heads of military and national intelligence were overridden when the police arrested the operatives and jailed them in Kandy. They were released after two weeks and, as a scapegoat, a middle-ranking police officer was suspended, temporarily. It didn’t end there: the intelligence leadership was accused of using the safe house as a base to assassinate the Prime Minister. Once again, the Tiger leader was unscathed.”

    –Paul Moorcraft, ‘Total Destruction of the Tamil Tigers: The Rare Victory of Sri Lanka’s Long War’, Pen & Sword Military, UK, 2012, pp. 38-39.

    Prof. Moorcraft is a former Senior Instructor at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College.

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      Back then the claim for the raid was an assassination attempt on Ranil Wickremasinghe and there was no talk about a search for Ratwatte brothers.
      The writer either has forgotten or deliberately neglected to tell us where he got the rest of the information other than the eye witness to udathalawinna massacre.

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      Dayan,
      I tried to find the book you have quoted before making this comment but couldn’t. I will find the book soon. Reading the book is necessary to find out whether the writer has given the details of who took the decision to override the intelligence service plan & why the secret house wasn’t abandoned once the assassination plot was scrapped. However, the involvement of Ratwatte bros in the ambush of 10 Muslim youths shows that the secret plan was doomed to be exposed from the beginning. That is b’cos the planners have broken one of the very basic protocol of not allowing any agent of the secret operation to engage in any other illegal activities until the main operation is completed. It is quite clear that if Ratwatte name didn’t show up with the ambush, the Millenium raid wouldn’t have occurred! But, the most important question is: “Why nobody intervened to save weapons & agents from the police custody”? Why, in particular, no effort was made to protect the Tamil informant if he was a so valuable asset in tracking Prabhakaran? These question led me to conclude that the secret operations by the military intelligence have been extremely sloppy and that it was this incompetence that prolonged the war. May be the same incompetence of intelligence service as a whole that failed to catch 21/4 terrorists even after very detailed tip from India.

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      Doh DJ,

      You think a stupid Western Military instructor would know more about SL than people who saw it all in person and have the connections to expand on it?

      Did it ever occur to you that these westerns want to sell books and will latch onto rumor or make up facts in order to do it?

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      Dayan,

      You say that by the 20th of Dec 2001 a Special Forces team was ready in the Vanni Jungle and was ready to strike the elusive Tiger leader on Christmas eve.

      The General Election was held on 8th Dec 2001 and CBK’s govt was toppled by the UNP and Ranil became the PM on the 9th Dec 2001. Col Anurudhdha Ratwatte was no longer the Defence Minister by the 20th Dec 2001. Then how do you claim of a plan to strike VP on Christmas eve? Further for the Army Commander not to know of this Safe House when questioned first, speaks volumes about the genuineness of the purpose.

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        good point gamini.Dayan seems to have got his knickers all knotted.

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    i believe the connection is that the weapons stored in the safe house were used to attack the muslims in the van

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    This is the first time I have heard about the murders of the 10 Muslim young men. Absolutely horrified. And terrible that the alleged main perpetrator got off scot-free. Why was he permitted to leave the country? Has he dared to return since then? By the time he was known to be involved was it Chandrika or Ranil who was in a position to have him detained Were the affected families able to obtain any form of consolation at all?

    I was not living in SL at the time, so having no knowledge of it I searched the Net, & found this:

    http://www.omct.org/urgent-campaigns/urgent-interventions/sri-lanka/2001/12/d15573/

    I also found a large number of attacks on Muslims in SL which resulted in deaths, some in the 100s. These are catalogued by country, worldwide. And people wonder why radical Islam can cast its net.

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      Manel Fonseka;
      While what you say at the end of your submission can be substantiated by even a cursory examination of recent Sri Lankan history, the question that arises therefrom is why that intelligence has never been appropriately acted upon. Have we as a nation become totally amoral and prepared to put up with anything as long as it is not directed to us, individually?

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        I’m afraid I am not familiar with the make-up of the present parliament. It is so confusing & one cant remember (or at least I cant) who’s in which party & on which side of the house.
        I’ve just discovered that Lohan, his brother & father were absolved of all the charges against them in 2006, but 5 former security guards of Anuruddha were sentenced to death. Of course, the small fry had to carry the can.
        That this man is now a people’s representative is yet another example of the rottenness of the times. Who on earth is responsible for his being made a candidate in the first place? How can people vote for such creatures?
        And I see he went to the same school I did. Perhaps standards, ethics, etc., had changed quite a lot in the years between us.

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          Manel Fonseka:
          I can’t resist the temptation of continuing this discussion! The whole question of essential decency of parliamentary candidates has gone by the board.
          I have to grant Ranil W (an old Royalist!) one thing: he doesn’t appear on humungous posters with murderers and the like!
          Apropos of TCK’s products having deteriorated over the years, my experience is that every period produced its share of rotten eggs, unfortunately!

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          manel

          “And I see he went to the same school I did.”
          i’am going to call you manilal in future.

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      Manel,
      This was not the only murder that Lohan Ratwatte got away with. look up the murder of Joel Pera the rugger player from PNG too.
      He is still a Pohottuwa MP. This is the sort of Parliament we have

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    Udugampola brothers were a deadly pair and no doubt about that. They were simply ruthless. But what puzzles me most is that how these guys, claiming to be Buddhists, observe sil, and then just kill merely on suspicion. They kill anyone, immaterial of race, cast or religion. How can they do that. I am personally aware of the ruthless mass killings that went on in 88 period. I am also aware of the above stated ambush of Muslims at Akurana. But they are just the tip of an iceberg. So many had been slaughtered. How do they do that. If HLD Blind talk of a unique race, well this kind of brutality makes them unique. VP too was ruthless at times but he was created by the Sinhala ruthlessness just to take revenge. To be honest Tamils can’t be so brutal.

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      Nathan, ‘Tamils cant be so brutal’ and yet we are constantly told that the Sinhalese are Tamil converts to Buddhism. And the Muslims are Tamil converts to Islam. You should speak to Sivasankaram Sharma. Utter BS from you diaspora liars. Use any opportunity to attack the Sinhalese. Even VP’s cruelty to his rivals and traitors, is now the fault of the Sinhalese. F…king laughable! How do high caste Tamil men treat low caste Tamil women eh? Its an epidemic. https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/dalit-woman-raped-murdered-by-upper-caste-men-in-tamil-nadu-333549-2016-08-05

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      Nathan,
      “But what puzzles me most is that how these guys, claiming to be Buddhists, observe sil, and then just kill merely on suspicion.”
      What puzzles Sinhalayo is how Hindu and Christian Demala barbarians slaughtered thousands of innocent Sinhala men women and children over a period of 37 years and how the barbaric Muslims slaughtered hundreds of Sinhala and Demala worshipers in Churches.

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      . . .observe sil, and then just kill . . .

      Is this the call sign of our our blessed island in these times?

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    Taraki

    “F…king laughable!”

    How do you know one is doing “F…king laughable”?
    How do you know one looks like “F…king laughable”?
    What one has to do to impress you as being “F…king laughable”?
    Can you do “F…king laughable”?
    Is there a “F…king laughable” coaching school?


    ….

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    Taraki

    “F…king laughable!”

    How do you know one is doing “F…king laughable”?
    How do you know one looks like “F…king laughable”?
    What one has to do to impress you as being “F…king laughable”?
    Can you do “F…king laughable”?
    Is there a “F…king laughable” coaching school?


    ….
    “How do high caste Tamil men treat low caste Tamil women eh?”

    Don’t we see the same cruel act often repeated in this island by the DNA sharing kallathonie converts throughout the island, particularly by the uniform wearing thugs and political goons?
    FYI,
    Sri Lankan politician jailed for murdering Briton and raping partner
    Town council chief Sampath Vidanapathirana found guilty of killing
    Red Cross aid worker Khuram Shaikh during brawl in 2011.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/18/
    sri-lanka-politcian-guilty-murder-british-man

    It is not really southern comfort to hear, read, ……….. these true stories.

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    We Tamils must stop smoking those funny fags Vedda. We might make sense then.

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      Taraki
      Self Hating Tamil Convert

      “We Tamils must stop smoking those funny fags Vedda. We might make sense then.”

      Exactly.

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    This is an interesting personal story but according to the journalist Iqbal Atthas the details were somewhat different. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_City_incident Who will ever know the whole truth about this?

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      Venn,

      The only Officers in the Army involved in this safe house were Capt. Nilam, Maj Jayamanne, Sgt. Maj Udalagama, Corp. Herath, Corp.Hilmy. All are yet living except Maj. Jayamanne who committed suicide much later. Therefore for Iqbal Aththas to state any Army Intelligence Officer was killed by the LTTE due to this raid, is untrue. Some informants were killed but as to who passed the list, is yet to be established and certainly not SP Kulasiri Udugampola as he was unaware. I have seen a copy of the Commission Report of the Special Investigating Unit of the Police, that exonerated SP Udugampola from the charges. The fact that the case has been dragged for over 14 yrs is testimony that there is no evidence to convict Kulasiri Udugampola. So let us await the verdict of the Court. Get Iqbal Aththas to mention one name of an Intelligence Officer of the Army, killed by the LTTE over this so called Safe House.

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    Lohan Ratwatte is now reduced to licking the balls of MR to escape conviction for the horrendous crimes he has committed. The other thug with high Kandyan connections in Parliament is the creepy Dilum Amunugama responsible for Digana and many other atrocities. Remember the October 2018 melee in Parliament. He hurt himself trying to pull down the Speaker’s microphone and then – despite the CCTV footage – accused UNP members for the injury. These two swollen but empty-headed rascals are among the most despicable politicians driving the country to ruin.

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      And Lohan Ratwatte’s daughter is, I gather, Yoshita Rajapakse’s girlfriend. Did someone say: “L….. ..” no, I’d better restrain myself. A pity more SL politicians’ children aren’t like Chandrika’s, leading lives of service & dignity.

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      Thank You Ajay for your concise confirmation of the two top most piles of shit on the Diyawanne Shit Mountain. In a better world, these two reprobates would be dragging their own ball and chain to pay for the mayhem that they have wrought. But in our warped political firmament they are kingmakers. Their political masters must take much of the blame for this situation.

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    In reality Sri lankan politicians are very wrong and Most of them should be prosecuted for HIGH TREASON. Ranil and his gang Mangala and Penthouse RAVI, Kiriella were supporting LTTE because of their money over the Sri lankan Army, Navy, Police (STF) and the civilian force. They got killed because of those corrupt politicians. Ranil must not have given the information about those Tamil Long rangers who were providing information to the Army.

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    Very nicely written constructive article. Unfortunately most o the people do not get to read this nice article but the bullshit of Goo Wimales stories. Please translate to sinhala and publish in weekend papers

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    Gamini Dullewe

    On The Millennium City Safe House Affair

    In 2006 or 2007, I had the requirement to buy a barrel of Colas to get my front compound carpeted.

    Lasantha was killed on the 8th January 2009

    *** With all due respect forgive me if have taken everything you have written out of context and done a disservice to you. Frankly I dont believe you if I am right in thinking that you are trying to shift the balme of killing Lasantha away from Gotha and the killing machine. I dont have time to read what you have written a number of times to unravel your message. But the following questions have to be answred.

    1) We all know Gotha is on Death Row and there are 22 million admirers of Gotha who deperately want to save him.
    2) Why have to waited for so long to write about the safe hous.
    3) The only people who had a motive to kill Lasantha were MR & Gotha because he had stumbld on to the spicy story surrounding the Mig Deal.
    4) How wonderful that you went to buy Colas

    “This same Sgt. Maj. Jayamanne is the person from Kegalle who later committed suicide claiming that he was responsible for the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge, long after this incident.

    Can you link the following

    I asked him about the incident where ten Muslim youth were gunned down in a van on the Election Day in December 2001.

    2007 you went buy Colas

    2009 Lasantha was killed.

    Nice try. It was Gotha and MR , SF who killed Lasantha. Correct me if I am wrong with FACTS not FICTION.. Gotha is not coming back. NEVER

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      Kali,
      Ranil Wickramasinghe told in the Parliament that Sarath Fonseka killed Lasantha. It is recorded in the Gazette. Don’t you believe Ranil. Why drag Gotabhaya’s name? Is it because Gotabhaya is planning to contest at the Presidential election?

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        Eagle Eye

        Get your facts right before you question me. SF had no motive to kill Lasantah other than on the orders of the CRIMINAL Gotha. SF was only a servant of Gotha. Wait for it US trial will reveal all. Gotha is a MASS MURDERER

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    DP said “The connections to the killing of 10 Muslim youths to the Millennium City comes via Lohan Ratwatte.” D.P. the Army soldiers who were escorting Lohan Ratwatte at Udathalawinna when the Muslims were killed had no role in the killing of those Muslims. I know the Corps and Regiment they come from and who they reported to. That regiment had absolutely no connection to the Millenium City, which involved intelligence operatives. The soldiers at Udathalawinna were bystanders and could not do anything as Chandrika and her uncle Anuruddha Ratwatte were the powers of the day. The Millenium city incident was Ranil’s ploy to suck up to Prabhakaran and undermine the army, which he has now successfully accomplished in the last four years.

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    Hello Taraki,

    Had you guys, the converts, remained as Thamils then your animal behaviour would not have occurred. Because you became Buddhists and Muslims, you guys became animals, so it is more the religion than the race. VP was your modayas’ product. You made VP a killer, your own cruelty that made him a killer. Moda Taraki, it is a matter of environment and values that determine the character. Do you mean to say that Sinhalas are not cruel or violent or ruthless or aggressive or unreasonable or foolish or blind. Just see what is happening in Mullaithivu Thanimalai temple, where a rowdy monk had occupied in an ancient Hindu Kovil premises and creating trouble using the military protection. Isn’t it utter shameful and cruel act. Just jealousy and unknown fear. Surely this moda monk could have put up a pansala in other area or even nearby and why on earth just into the Hindu temple. This is the curse with you guys. You guys have confused completely with your race and religion. Taraki, isn’t it f..king laughable and pathetic? Hope now you f…ing well understand where you stand.

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    This Dude is wearing a Green Shirt too..
    Wonder whether he got it in 2015..

    Don’t tell me that poor Kulasiri went on Bread and Water diet and break Granite with a Sledge Hammer for nothing..

    Is Kule still there . Or has the Yahapalana Government paid him compensation?.

    How did Kule become a SI let alone a SP?..

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    So the reader says even the Army commander had no idea of the existence of the safe house and the stock of weaponry ??

    Since these weapons are not manufactured in Sri Lanka how have they come to the country ?? who had passed money for the purchase ?? who had authorized those purchases??

    How can a set of officers start a unit like this and operate without Commanders knowledge??

    Both Udugampolas were stooges of UNP and were doing the bidding of UNP politicos

    Gamini who asked you to write this fabricated crap to white wash RW and UNP – after so many years

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      Rabok, at some point in time, the truth should be known to the public. How do you conclude that the Udugampolas were doing the bidding for the UNP when all what Kulasiri Udigampola did was to probe the killers of the 10 Muslim youths that led to this house. Besides those interested are trying to project this house as a safe house which obviously was serving for clandestine operations of those at the helm. Further to misinform that those who were gunned down were Intelligence Officers is a canard, as so far not a single of the Army Officers attached to this house has been gunned down by the LTTE. The purpose of the article is to inform the public of the unfair treatment meted out to a Police Officer for doing his duty. The verdict of the case will prove this someday.

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    [What puzzles Sinhalayo is how Hindu and Christian Demala barbarians slaughtered thousands of innocent Sinhala men women and children over a period of 37 years and how the barbaric Muslims slaughtered hundreds of Sinhala and Demala worshipers in Churches.]

    Absolute Moda Blind, dont you know that tamils were made to kill by Sinhalas after their cowardice acts of brutality commencing from 1956. Tamils were peace loving people and they were forced to behave like sinhala barbarians by sinhala barbarians. Moda Blind, dont you know this simple basic issue? The Runner Sinhas were shitting in their pants and hiding under their beds when VP was running the show. If not for the global coup, today we will be only seeing sinhalas in the museum. I am sure HLD would be wearing pottu and hiding behind his tamil wive’s saree potta.

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