16 January, 2021

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Police investigation Into Crime: Not Like Buying Homeware From The Market

By Tassie Seneviratne –

Tassie Seneviratne

The Sunday Observer of December 6 2020 carried in its front page in banner headlines, a news item in regard to the Easter Sunday attacks; “INVESTIGATIONS TO BE COMPLETED SOON,” quoting the Minister of Public Security Rear Admiral (Retd.) Sarath Weerasekera (MSW) telling Parliament that he would personally meet the Attorney General to review the progress of the case and look into the progress of the legal action against the suspects held responsible for the eight multiple terror attacks on Easter Sunday last year. 

What a howler! Police investigation into crime is not like buying homeware in the market. Police investigation into crime, under the Code of Criminal Procedure, is carried out with a view to eliciting evidence to prove the case in a court of law. This generally entails surveillance, engagement of informants, meticulous search of the scene of crime for contact evidence and a host of other evidence depending on the nature of the crime, interrogation of suspects and gleaning the statements of suspects and witnesses etc. until a breakthrough is made. As to when and where the break through is made cannot be forecast. In this scenario it would take an ignoramus to state that the investigation will be completed soon. 

The public stand in awe as they have waited for so long in disquiet for action from that fateful Easter day. Much has happened. And much has not happened over the time to check progress of action in the case. Along with the normal law, a Presidential Commission (PC) has been looking into the same matter with the same witnesses and evidence, in parallel. The effect of the latter on the regular crime investigation is not clear. The Attorney General (AG) has however to consider the relevance of the PC proceedings on the crime investigation to determine indictment. There is quite a mix of issues for the AG to consider in making progress of action in the case. 

Into the jumble steps in MSW, unabashed and brazen. The public keep watching with anxiety. The point of this article is based on the questions the public ask in whispers. The action of MSW, loudly announced, has the reechoing sound of a Fast Action craft (FAC) in his search of progress. This may not ring well with the AG whose degree in law and jurisprudence will not be able to deal with a FAC approach. There may not be the even keel. It is not clear then how MSW will figure out the progress MSW is looking for, and with what competence! In the end, the meeting will end up in nothing that MSW can report back to Parliament.

The relevance of all this is to Law and Order. This is basically a matter for the Police, the Law, the AG and the Criminal Justice System (CJS). The public are now quiet, accustomed to interference with the CJS at all levels, from top to bottom. The concern of this column is with Law and Order as serves the public. Law and Order is now beyond sixes and sevens that serves some, not the public. This article is just to cite this most recent instance of outside intervention, for the benefit of public knowledge and for the information of the Police who work in these circumstances. MSW is now the Minister over the Police. It is unfortunate if MSW is unable to set the correct tone for the Police. The whole system is now replete with these examples.

The point here is that such interference and intervention, in whatever form it comes, is none but bribery and corruption. None of this involvement is for the Public good, for Justice and Morality, for the Common good of Law and Order. None of these values are remunerative or bring in a return. About this, it is only a statement in the media that I make, that prior to 1977 there was not a single political leader who was corrupt. Since then it is just the reverse. It is difficult to see even the public statements of MSW in any other light.

MSW might have avoided all this had he done the meeting with the AG discreetly and with circumspection. But discretion and caution taking much into account are not in the menu of MSW. For such is not the way of a military mind thrown into such situations. Their attitudes are, for example, as at Ratupaswala, at Prisons and other places where the capacity and finesse required are of a different order. The problem is not that MSW is himself an ignoramus. The tone he sets, affecting others such as the Police, is pathetic. This is unfortunate. And the added fact is that it is this type of attitude that comfortably suits his superiors. Superiors have little other use of this subordinate stupidity so long as they serve their superiors’ purpose.  MSW is not alone here if other experts too are also used in much this same way.   The problem is, then, not in the stars, but in ourselves, as   we are only ‘underlings’.

*The writer is a Retired Senior Superintendent of Police. 

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  • 28
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    Hard hitting, effective article. We need more like these to expose the incompetence and hypocrisy of Gota’s lackeys.

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      In the days of MR regime 01, there had been masacres in Rathanapura Kahawattha or in welimada prisons. Nothing was investigated, even if the cases against those culprits were filed ,… most of them are now being taken away because GOTLER has promised them criminals about them being freed sooner than later. Next most controversal release will be announced as ” duminda silva” who is one of the multi killer cum durg kin pin- be released by Gotabaya. THEN only colombo circles will start the war against Rajapakshes. Now with Social media being threatened, the pimping politicians in Rajaakhes clan pave the way any rascals be the leaders of their movement. This country will go beyond that of Zimbabwe … in 2021… with hatreds and agonies on a rise Rajakshe family politics.
      This Sarath W is most known RACIST aginst tamils, he should be removed from his kind of criminal politics. These men are known to UNHRC … since they are the ones behind annual riots against muslim srilankens so that they could show the world, nothing can be brought as solutions to the ethnic issues so long those riots would NOT be entwined from Sl.

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        Mr eLM (eternal Loose Motion),
        .
        When did you build prisons in Rathnapura…
        Kahawaththa…
        And
        Welimada…?
        .
        Don’t lie IDIOT…

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          Ms SCP, what else can we excpect from you. Dhammika Bandara would have explained it bit better. Btw
          you sound to have less offers in the year end days. Oldest is not easy right at these days, with COVID becoming even more curse to Medamulana Rascals. But we are happy to you the kind of Pros…. are on a rise in srilanka where Rajapkashe criminals are on rise hour by hour. 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀

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            Mr eLM (eternal Loose Motion),
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            Ha ha ha…..
            .
            This is funny…..
            .
            A proven liar whining.

      • 13
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        Following is a list of Correctional Facilities in SL
        .
        CLOSED PRISONS
        Welikada
        Bogambara
        Mahara
        Angunakolapelessa
        .
        REMAND PRISONS
        Colombo
        Galle
        Kuruwita
        Jaffna
        Anuradhapura
        Batticaloa
        Boossa
        Monaragala
        Polonnaruwa
        Wariyapola
        Vavuniya
        Badulla
        Matara
        Negombo
        New Magazine
        Kegalle
        Trincomalee
        Kalutara
        .
        WORK CAMPS
        Homagama
        Kadurugas-ara (Thunkama)
        Ambepussa
        Meetirigala
        Kandewatta
        Weerawila
        Pitabeddara
        Hangilipola
        Wariyapola
        Kuruwita
        .
        OPEN PRISON CAMPS
        Pallekelle
        Anuradhapura
        .
        TRAINING SCHOOLS
        Training School for Youthful Offenders, Watareka

        CORRECTIONAL CENTRES FOR YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS
        Pallansena – Closed Prison and Open Camp
        Taldena – Open Camp
        .
        LOCK UPS
        Ampara
        Avissawella
        Balangoda
        Balapitiya
        Chilaw
        Elpitiya
        Embilipitiya
        Gampaha
        Gampola
        Hambantota
        Puttalam
        Hatton
        Kilinochchi
        Kuliyapitiya
        Kurunegala
        Maho
        Mannar
        Matale
        Mullaitivu
        Nuwara Eliya
        Panadura
        Point Pedro
        Kalmunai
        .
        So…
        Obviously eLM is talking from his back side inventing stories.

  • 34
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    What do you expect from a ‘rana viruwa” who never faced a war (as per Sarath Fonseka)? Sarath Weerasekera is a half baked – immature politician who made uncalled for statements such as: wewill ban TNA, we will pass laws to block TNA speaking in the Parliament, we will abolish Provincial Council – little he knows that it was created under an international agreement etc.

    Although I am not an SLPP or Rajapakse slave, I thought Gotabaya will be a just and smart administrator, although he will not be a politician. But giving nominations to Weerasekera, Keheliya Rambukwella, Gammanpilla etc and making them Ministers clearly shows he is a bad judge of characters.

    Unfortunately all the statements these three guys made re: TNA, Social Media, free speech and Media and MCC, will further create animosity against Sri Lanka by the international community. We do not need such stupid half backed legislators in the Parliament.

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      Mr BUDDHIST1, whom I respect a lot on this forum @ Your posts are food for thoughts for many …

      All nitwits become leaders today in this country, voted by stupid people. So what can we do Mr ?

      Royal ASTRLOGER of MaRa then revealed, his MARA is a blind believer of WITCHERY as no others. Dhammika paniya maker is similar to this profile.
      .
      They should better get together and enjoy that PANI beema produced by Mad Dhammika Bandara.. Following prank call will reveal you the truths of Dhammika an another naive man being puppeted by his mal-psychology. The kind of poor people are the majority in SL. They dont have any other options than seeking invisible forces. Where govts are powerful, it is EUROPE, the kind of witchery men have almost no room. Reports say, over 95% of srilanken woul dgo after witchery, while 5% of europeans may be going after them. But the numbers in USA is little more 5-10%… that is being made obvious by the trump supporters and their current day acts.

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        Leelagemalli, Thank you. I truly appreciate your sentiments.

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        Dear LM: Today the Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, at a Press Briefing announced that the Pharmacological Dept. of the Ayurveda Ministry has given “APPROVAL” to indigenous medicine “Dhammica Peniya” produced by Dhammica Bandara to cure “COVID 19”. What to talk of this Minister Sarath Weerasekera about “Investigations”, if a “Miracle Medicine” to combat COVID 19 could be produced and receive “Approval” by a Government Ministry Dept? Now another “Professor” – the State Minister of Production Supplies and Regulations of Pharmaceuticals, Prof Channa Jayasumana is tasked with the formulation of “ETHICS” for the use of the “Peniya”. It looks that “KALI MANIYO” has assumed duties at every level of government from the President downwards. Haven’t we hit the “Jack Pot” of earning much needed “Foreign Currency” and make the “International Community” “kneel and Beg” for “AMURTHAYA” – a “DIVINE” medicine presented “Kali Maniyo”?

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      Buddhist1: Very well said what needs to be said in a volume. A small correction to what FM, MP Sarath Fonseka said in Parliament. He said: “This Minister was never even within the range of a sound of gunshots”. Please note, Sarath Weerasekera has “Obtained” a “Ph.D.”. From where don’t ask me. Even Mervin Silva has a “Ph.D.”

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      Buddhist1,
      Sinhalayo do not want racist separatist half baked legislators in the Parliament who use Parliamentary privileges to spew racist venom.

      “We do not need such stupid half backed legislators in the Parliament.”

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      Buddhist these idiotic halfwits have been deliberately given prominent places and positions of power by Gota , as they are voicing what he thinks and should be done. He cannot say these things so gets them to voice his opinion. Gota is not a bad judge of character but a very good one and has deliberately selected these clowns to do his dirty work. They also deliberately targeting Tamils , whipping up racism and constantly bringing up the LTTE , that is now dead and gone, to divert attention from their abysmal performance. The foolish Sinhalese masses , and even many from the classes, who are all brainwashed with their Mahavamsa racist myths , get very excited with all these stupid uttering and vote for them. This man received so many votes for him within greater Colombo itself, proving how racist and brainwashed most Sinhalese are.

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    Everything is intentionally messe3d up to hide the crimes committed by the concerned parties. As long as Uniformed officials and public servants trail behind fringe benefits that is being given generously, the saffron blinded 6.9 Million idiots can be taken for a ride. CID is a tool of the corrupt now.

  • 16
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    “Minister of Public Security Rear Admiral (Retd.) Sarath Weerasekera (MSW) telling Parliament that he would personally meet the Attorney General to review the progress of the case”
    Is his good or bad? Remember a police state is not when the police takes over the state but when politicians take over police and law enforcement.

    “Police investigation into crime is not like buying homeware in the market. Police investigation into crime, under the Code of Criminal Procedure, is carried out with a view to eliciting evidence to prove the case in a court of law.”
    Sure it is not when you can turn a cold blooded murder into a death by an MVA.

    Easter Sunday attack is new compared to the others. What’s happening with the murder of the aid workers.? Trinco Five. Wickramatunga’s murder, etc.

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      Burt,
      “Remember a police state is not when the police takes over the state but when politicians take over police and law enforcement.”

      That was what happened during ‘Jadapalana’ Government. Ranil and his henchmen including ‘Rathu Ali Petiya’ issued orders from Temple Trees to arrest their political opponents and members of the Armed Forces. Eminent lawyers like Sumanthiran turned a blind eye to such acts because they were sleeping with UNP.

  • 13
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    Dear Tassie, Sarath and Buddhist,
    Great article by Tassie and good comments by others.
    Gives a theoretical system of Police actions in the past, but now they use a different “Police Manual of Procedure”.!!
    But sometimes the futility of all these great articles makes me very sad. Nostalgic of those less acrimonious and peaceful times. More human contact and less technology. Both with pluses and minuses.
    Yes we read, comment and digest much. But for what purpose in the long run. Yes, good as a hobby and keep us occupied, and for some to relieve their exasperation.
    Main purpose is : What is the target audience? To get these things across to a wider public.
    The same readers go round and round and give valuable inputs, but then it is only a small circle to go around.
    95% rural voters are oblivious to these good ideas and the situation. And only they can change things – not our readership. If we need to change the things we identify and rail against here at CT, then ………………..
    I leave it to the readers.
    Peace and goodwill times now.

    • 9
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      Totally agree with MyView. Its time the translation in Sinhala and Tamil of selected comments should be sent through social media to masses.

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        Thank you for your understanding that whatever we say or do must fulfil some ultimate purpose for the good of all. One life to live – live wisely.
        “The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.” Leo Tolstoy
        And I add : “each in his own way”. Not all can move mountains.

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    The article by T.S. and all the comments are being made by ‘like’ minded People who are really concerned ,correctly THINKING individuals whose voices that the current GoSL is trying to suppress. The Rulers hate these type of people leading to a country that is becoming a Pariah state. As long as we have the media that are controlled by the STATE or the Panthamkarayo’s [stooges of SLPP], there is no bright future for Sri Lanka.
    The RULER’S courage comes as CHINA is manipulating the DUMMIES to their OWN advantage. We need to make the blindly supporting Buddhists to see the damages that is and has been done by the ‘ KINGS’.

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      If you drag tribalism into it (as you did) it is dead before it started!

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      Naman,
      There is also a need to expose Tamils and Muslims who blindly support racist separatist Vellala politicians and Muslim politicians who have connections with extremist Wahhabi Muslims to the damages these dumbos with tribal mentality are doing to ruin the harmony among different communities in this country. These guys are the main obstacle for peaceful co-existence of different communities as one nation in a Unitary State.
      Sinhala Buddhists who support the ‘KINGS’ are grateful to them for ending the damage caused by LTTE Tamil terrorists for three decades to this country. The ‘KINGS’ also liberated Tamils and Muslims from the clutches of LTTE terrorists but unfortunately they do not appreciate that.

      “We need to make the blindly supporting Buddhists to see the damages that is and has been done by the ‘ KINGS’.”

  • 7
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    One time Rear Admiral has on many times opened his mouth and put his foot into it.

    Sarath Weerasekera is unable to find his bearings on Terra-Firma after spending the better part of his lifetime At-Sea. A case of being caught between Land and Sea. Caught between Scylla and Charybdis as per Greek Mythology.

    But Napoleon Bonaparte has retrieved MSW;
    In politics stupidity is not a handicap.!

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      Plato

      This cry baby Sarath (according to ahis fellow racist/war criminal Sarath) is to Gota as Cyril Mathew to JR, acts as his master’s racist voice.

      He wants to get rid of 13th amendment, Provincial Councils, TNA from Parliament, abolish sanity through out the island, fight the Hindians on the beaches, wants to expose those who incites ethnic conflict, if that is the case he should be charged for naked racism, believes Wigneshwaran MP has insulted the Government of Sri Lanka, the Sinhala language and Buddhism, also believes no one committed war crimes leave alone Genocide, ………………………………..

      Are you following Sarath Weerasekera?

  • 9
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    “Low and Odor”, its not even homeware but like buying day to day vegetables. It is that easy.

  • 8
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    You pointed out clearly that politics was bad and corrupted after 1977 when the People gave super power to one man. Since then corruption, lawlessness, politicisation, Sinhalization and Buddhist Fundamentalism made everything worse. Today, whether it is police investigation or Judiciary decisions are made by the Super man or woman who had the power. Lasantha exposed the corruption in the armed deal. A number journalists and human rights activists were murdered. What happened to those police investigations and judiciary decisions? Easter Bombing happened during the previous government. There was police investigations, presidential commissions. With the change of power now investigations and presidential commissions. You can see that both are conducted with different attitude, different purpose but the same Police, same Military, same Judiciary. Are we in a different nation, different rules depending on who is the super man or woman?

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      Ajith,

      I think we are brain washed to think that politics in SL got rotten only after 1977. In my opinion its wrong. It got rotten when Bandaranaike created SLFP. That was the beginning of Racist Politics in SL. The other was the act that was passed in the Parliament with the support of G.G.Ponnambalam, a Tamil to take away the right of Tamil Indian Estate Workers right to Citizenship. There after followed by Sinhala Only laws.

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        Wrong.

        In 1965 Lee Kwan Yu looked up to Sri Lanka as a role model for Singapore. So SL’s decay started sometime after 1965.

        The things you mentioned happened in most countries (stolen generation in Australia, mass killing of Native Indians in Canada and USA, Armenian genocide of Turkey, India-Pakistan partition violence, etc.) but all these are successful countries.

        Tribal politics in SL started in 1922 with the inauguration of the Ceylon Tamil Congress after Arunachalam broke away from the multi ethnic Ceylon National Congress in 1921.

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          Buddhist, GATAM,.

          It is no matter that Sri Lanka got rotten in 1956 or 1965 or 1977 or 1922 or 1833. The blame game is not going to help but the country should go in right direction towards the welfare of the people. The fact is that the corruption and lawlessness was significant after 1978 when one person had all the powers. Racism and anti minority policies of the governments further deteriorated welfare, economy and lawlessness. The country is in a dangerous situation. The future generation should think about it now.

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        Buddhist1,
        Racist politics was started in Sinhale (later Sri Lanka) by Vellala Demala Tamils during British rule. It was Brits who fed racism to Vellala Demala Tamils who were licking the *** of Brits expecting them to carry on with that after Brits leave this country. SJV Chelvanayakam who was born in Malaya and entered Sinhale illegally during British rule carried out what Brits wanted by forming the Federal Party in 1949 and later passing the Vaddukkodei Resolution in 1976 to create a separate State for the descendants of Dravida coolies brought by Portuguese to work in tobacco plantations in Yapanaya. Those racists urged Tamil youths to take up arms leading to the birth of LTTE Tamil terrorist campaign that massacred Sinhalayo for three decades.
        —-
        “That was the beginning of Racist Politics in SL.”

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        Buddhist1,
        Bandaranayake was not a racist but an opportunist. He felt the frustration among Sinhalayo, the Native people in Sinhale who were oppressed by colonial rulers and during British rule by ‘Suddas’ as well as Vellala Demala Tamils who dominated the Administration. In 1948, the political power changed hands from ‘Suddas’ to ‘Sinhala Kalu Suddas’ (Most of them were Christians). The ruling of the country changed hands from ‘Suddas’ to Vellala Demala Tamils. Though British left, majority Native Sinhalayo did not get real Independence. Bandaranayake capitalized the frustration among Sinhalayo, left UNP, formed SLFP and came out with the slogan ‘Sinhala will be made the official language’ which is the right thing to do in an Independent Sinhale. What happened after doing the right thing is a long story.

        “It got rotten when Bandaranaike created SLFP. That was the beginning of Racist Politics in SL.”

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    Where we are with Easter tragedy?? 1) MS created commission just to clear his name , so he found Pujitha and Hema as scapegoats. 2) Yahalpana formed PSC which was transparent and managed to call real witness, but when Zaharan’s acquaintance with politicians came to light, RW wanted to fix it.3) GR created one so that victims of politics (not victims of tragedy) could be identified and pardoned. 4) I hear yet a nother commission is going to be started soon , for what ?? distract public from Covid and Economy. 5) the fact is Lanka got many warnings regarding Zaharan and his plan, took precautions within by not venturing out on that fateful day, but otherwise decided to ignore. 6) families of those poor victims are still out there hopeless,helpless looking for answers.

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      Indeed. Sirisena’s regime apparently got ample warnings, and even India sounded the alarm , but for some unknown reasons, he did nothing, RW did nothing, not even warnings or investigations, and the end results were the convenient timing for his candidacy being announced by the Goat man, and social media buzzing that ONLY he can save us from Muslim terrorists. Job done.
      It was not hard to find Zaharan, he was well known within the SL Intelligence officials, and let us not forget Muslims protested and complained about his radical activities to the authorities. It seem some people used him as their useful idiot, to get into power again. Those who know the truth seems to be conveniently thrown into jail.

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      Easter Sunday attack was conspired by Gota so expect it to go nowhere.

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      Chiv,
      Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim victims of LTTE Tamil terrorists are also still out there hopeless, helpless and looking for answers.
      —-

      “families of those poor victims are still out there hopeless,helpless looking for answers.”

  • 1
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    This guy weerasekera has lost his head in no time and will create more trouble for RAJAPAKSAS if they do not stop this man talking like OPEN MOUTH IDIOT.

    ”vinaasa kale viparitha puthi””

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    Ms SCP, what else can we excpect from you. Dhammika Bandara would have explained it bit better. Btw
    you sound to have less offers in the year end days. Oldest is not easy right at these days, with COVID becoming even more curse to Medamulana Rascals. But we are happy to you the kind of Pros…. are on a rise in srilanka where Rajapkashe criminals are on rise hour by hour. 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀xxx

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    Buddhist1
    I totally agree with you. The downfall of Ceylon started with SWRD who wanted grab POWER on Sinhala only and for Buddhism as primary religion of the country.
    Real Deamocracy died with it. ‘FEAR’ is freely flowing! No one question the almighty.

  • 0
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    Evil dodnt you the one est rice cake and get drunk on attack celebrating war victory. It ain’t enough for you.

  • 0
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    Sorry EVIL didn’t you one among many eat sweat rice cake and get drunk on kassippu celebrating war victory
    It ain’t enough for you. Take it easy old goat.

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