Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M. A. Sumanthiran will receive a security boost, amidst claims that he is a target of an assassination plot.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya informed Parliament today that the relevant authorities have been notified to ensure the security of Sumanthiran.
The statement however comes amidst serious allegations levelled against the government that it is cooking up an assassination plot against the TNA MP in an effort to retain the army in the north. In January, the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) said it arrested four ex-LTTE cadres for allegedly plotting to assassinate Sumanthiran. They were arrested in Jaffna.
Recently, Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran said that the police had not informed courts about a possible death threat against Sumanthiran and only informed the courts about the drug possession by former LTTE cadres. “This seems to be a ruse, because if the ex-LTTE cadres had in fact had any plans to assassinate Sumanthiran, then why did the police fail to mention this to the Magistrate when the case was taken up, instead they only told the court about the drugs in possession of the ex-cadres,” he pointed out.
One of the main conditions of the US resolution on Sri Lanka submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in 2015 was for the demilitarization of the north and east, and to return lands under the military back to the civilians.
Early this week, foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera also said that the government will request for more time from the UNHRC over its pledge to probe the war crimes probe.