14 August, 2018

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Shocking Discovery Under RTI Act On Death Of Two Jaffna Students  

An enterprising effort by an investigative journalist using the Right to Information Act (RTI Act) to unearth the truth behind the killing of two University students in Jaffna as a result of the police shooting at them in October 2015 has resulted in a shocking discovery that the police explanations for the deaths were a string of lies and that particularly, the students had not been drunk, as claimed by the police.

Tharindu Jayawardene of Lankadeepa successfully applied for the post mortem reports from the Jaffna Hospital under the RTI Act which established that the police reports were false.  

The two students, 24-year-old Sundiraja Sulakshan of Kandarodai in Chunnakam who had been studying media at the Jaffna University and Nadarasa Gajan of Kilinochchi studying political science at the Jaffna University died in late 2015 after police shot them allegedly for disobeying orders to stop their motorcycle at a roadblock at the Kulappidi Junction. It transpired that Sulakshan had taken his friend for a social event the previous day had been returning on his motorcycle to drop Gajan off.   

The police had first tried to say that the deaths were due to an accident and then later claimed that the students had been drunk.  However, the post mortem report found no traces of alcohol in their systems and found also ammunition lodged in the body of the rider of the cycle, Sundiraja Sulakshan while the death of the other had been caused by a grievous fall. 

At the time, the Government Information Department declared that five policemen had been arrested in connection with the student deaths. After local protests, a special team from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) conducted the investigation but it is not clear as to the status of the court proceedings in that connection.  The accused policemen were given bail late last year.

Trigger-happy law enforcement officers shooting anyone whom they see as errant roadusers on sight have been a major problem in Sri Lanka with several such incidents in the South as well, one being the shooting of Nawalage Kushan Thakshila Cooray (35) of Gampaha on 23rd October 2017.

No effective action has been taken either by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the National Police Commission (NPC) which has been labeled as one of the least satisfactory independent commissions or by the Ministry of Law and Order.                

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  • 37
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    Too..sad..two precious lives.
    What if these were yours or mine?
    What of their mothers..
    Families..?
    We grieve with you dear friends.

  • 20
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    “National Police Commission – least satisfactory…’ ?? Thats a joke. It is USELESS.

  • 42
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    This doesn’t look like a case of police shooting errant road users. Because of the initial contradictory statements by the police and the subsequent attempts to cover up, it is pointing in the direction of the conspiracy that is being carried out by the police and military in the north to create the impression that the LTTE is raising its head again. Military intelligence set up by Gotabhaya is still working for the Rajapaksas. It is especially active in the north, staging violent incidents at regular intervals. After each such incident there’d be a huge uproar in the parliament by Rajapaksa minions, and in the rogue media and by the racist monks. In this manner inflammatory conspiracy theories about LTTE’s return are being spread in the south whipping up anti-Tamil racism in order to bring the Rajapaksas back to power. People in the north have lost all faith in the government and dark clouds seem to be gathering again. It is disgusting to see political parties trying to use the Tamil people as pawns once again in their greed for power.

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    The RTI is the enemy of the state. Now everyone os going to know that we are systematically killing Tamils. We have to get of RTA in the name of national security.

    • 24
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      Ha! Softy-in-the-Head strikes again!

    • 23
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      JIM!
      It will be like burying the head under the sand like the OSTRICH. What a coward you are?.

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        Dear Anaga,
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        We’ve been getting so disillusioned that we have almost ceased to hope for the future turning out to be any better than the horrors that we have been living with for so long.
        .
        Nevertheless, I’m allowing myself to hope that this is just the beginning of a move that will see violence being fairly and impartially investigated. As for Jimmy: I have made efforts to engage him in rational dialogue, but it’s just impossible.
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        Given all the grim stories that we hear about, I feel the urge to indulge in something light-hearted; but if you know this already, the joke will bounce back to me. I have to ask you not to be cruel to ostriches! There now are lots of blogs on this subject. Here’s one:
        .
        https://www.scienceworld.ca/blog/do-ostriches-really-bury-their-heads-sand
        .
        The Myth originated from an observation by the Roman, Pliny, the elder in 77 A.D. They’re much smarter individuals than most of us; just that we get together in groups and do horrible things.
        .
        As for Jim: what a prize ass! Oh, no, there go again, insulting asses.

      • 0
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        how am I a coward. I am openly telling what all sinhalese are keeping it on their minds. it makes me a courageous man, not a coward

        • 1
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          Jim Shitty………………is a coward!!!!!!

    • 14
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      You mean Right To Information or Road Traffic Act? What happened to the five students in Trinco in 2006?

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        Trico 5
        French Aid Workers 15
        Countless others.
        Nothing is going to happen as MY3 as a key member of the inner circle in Rajapaksa’s cabinet was party to the crimes by his actions and inactions. He was also the acting defense minister in MR’s absence.

        Why do you think billions lost in economic crimes have not had its day in court?

        • 9
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          Five students in Trinco were killed by STF on the order of the then SP Kapila Jayasekera. Unfortunately for police, the brave Sinhala DMO gave the correct finding of gun shot wounds. Tamil journalist who was present at the post mortem examination and brought out the truth was later killed by armed forces.

          French aid workers in Mutur all Tamils except one Muslim were killed by Army and Muslim home guards. One Tamil employee who witnessed it had managed to escape and is resident in Australia. Once Basil Rajapakse had told whether there is a possibility in killing him through a fake traffic accident.

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            think basil was jokng because there were so many fake accidents here.He is not a gota.His hands are clean whre murders are concerned.

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              ‘What happened to the five students in Trinco in 2006?’

              I was asking a rhetorical question actually. Just as there was no justice for the murder of those five students, there will be none for these two.

    • 10
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      I say JS, you do surprise me.
      “Now everyone os(is?) going to know that we are systematically killing Tamils.”
      So your problem is that others will find out!

      • 7
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        Dear SJ,
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        The typo is nothing compared with the acknowledgement (which, no doubt, he will say, was inadvertent.)

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          SJ, SM, KA and PR,

          I think JS’s intention was to goad.
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          Even he is not that stupid to have meant what he said.
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          Inappropriate, nevertheless.

  • 17
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    This is not shocking. I think that many of us knew that the Police can be a law unto themselves, especially when they feel secure in the knowledge that nothing gets investigated properly if the victim is from a “despised group”. Add to that My3’s statments that all soldiers are heroes, and that, a priori, any action taken against “enemies of the State” should remain uninvestigated: this is what you get.
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    What is amazing is the work done by “Tharindu Jayawardene of Lankadeepa” . This is what we so badly need in this country. Investigation and Justice, irrespective of who the perpetrators are – and who the victims are.
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    Let me quote “jim softy’s”Freudian slip:
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    “Now everyone os going to know that we are systematically killing Tamils.”
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    He’s mad and a racist. What he’s just done is to state what has happened, not as something that that the world is going to imagine, but to know.
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    May I appeal to all Tamils: howl and protest, but within limits. There has never been “systematic killing” of your people by us, the Sinhalese people. At the end of the War, perhaps. However, investigation of all this will only be possible if there is no hysteria. Don’t expect too much. Expecting our decent enough President My3 to actually hang these murderous policemen (after due process) is expecting too much.
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    Let us unite to ensure that there is a stop to this – that should be the priority.
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    Punishment, too, but the Death Penalty is not politically possible.

    • 16
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      @Sinhala Man… this is correct. You are one of the few moderate commentators on this forum. What is amazing is that this came through a Sinhala journalist. Well done.

      Should not Tamil journalists working in Jaffna have asked for this information? Maybe this is something that they should ask themselves!

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        Pro Republica,
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        “What is amazing is that this came through a Sinhala journalist. Well done.”
        I agree. Was surprised to see the name.
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        “Should not Tamil journalists working in Jaffna have asked for this information?”
        Of course.

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          Dear Lone Wolf,
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          Thanks for hailing Tharindu Jayawardene as a hero. He’s really worked at it – at some risk. I know that the risks I run are less.
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          However, let’s not be in too great a hurry to blame Tamil journalists. The risks would be huge. After all, what had Sundiraja Sulakshan and Nadarasa Gajan done to deserve death.
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          If I may indulge in some practical criticism, let me salute Sandy for the first comment – but how sentimental and inadequate. This story is so bad that there’s little point using wishy-washy emotive words.
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          Still much better to have more “Sandy-ies” than Jim Softies! Will you please do me the favour of placing guys such as him int category of worms rather than Sinhalese?
          .

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            Sinhala_Man,
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            I placed Jim Softy on my not to read list a long time ago. As you may remember Kumar R. is there also.

        • 6
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          ““Should not Tamil journalists working in Jaffna have asked for this information?””
          They would have disappeared into thin air.

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      Sinhala_Man

      This Nil Paata jim softy is trying to be a devil’s advocate.
      Thats all.

      There are several states within the state,
      The intelligence services
      The armed forces
      The police
      The state functionaries
      The political establishment
      The party establishment
      The crooks Confederates
      The Drug Mafia
      The Pharmaceutical mafia
      The Rice Mafia
      The Sand Mafia
      …..
      ………
      ……
      The |Justice Mafia
      The ……

      • 4
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        Nativ Vedda
        You forgot another. Provincial Councils!!!

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          Eagle Eye

          “You forgot another. Provincial Councils!!!”

          For all intents and purposes The Provincial Council is under the purview of the center hence the political establishment as well as the party establishments have priority over almost all businesses of Provincial Councils and the local petty Mafias also have minor roles to play.

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            Native Vedda
            So in your enlightened opinion, ‘Genocide Resolution’ by NPC had the concurrence of the Center? Brilliant!!!

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              Eagle Blind Eye

              Does anyone take Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa seriously or had any legal basis when he declared Indian National Anthem is sung in Hindi or when he said “Mahinda is not a name, Mahinda is a country!” or his urge to bomb parliament from above, carpet bomb Vanni?
              Please note Provincial Councils can pass any number of resolutions, declare war on the centre, however they cannot enforce their resolution if Centre does not agree.
              On the other hand Wimal Weerawansa could enforce everything he demands its only a matter of time. Wait until Gota’s come back.

              By the way I am not Buddha therefore I am not enlightened.

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                Native Vedda
                Come, come, don’t get your pecker up. The issue is, since you state ‘for all intents and purposes, PCs come under purview of the Center”, can such PCs pass resolutions without consent of the Center. Nothing to do with Weerawansa’s diatribe.

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        NV:
        Is there any doubt that international involvement is necessary if justice is to be served.
        The above is the police dept.
        Now look at the AG office through which all criminal proceedings take place.
        “Revelations in open court by the head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) about how a high ranking official in the Attorney General’s Department had interfered in a probe led by his men into the abductions of 11 Tamil youth in 2008, allegedly by Sri Lanka Navy personnel, sent shock-waves through the legal community this week.
        In open court last Tuesday (31), CID Director SSP Shani Abeysekera alleged that the lawyer now appearing for the navy suspects arrested in connection with the case, also appeared to represent the suspects instead of the CID or the aggrieved parties even when he served as a senior official at the AG’s Department.”

        This is the same with Rajvirs case, the AG’office made sure that no jury would find them guilty. All these cases are only an international show.

        The AG’s office and the courts including top ranking judges have to be sent on compulsory leave if justice is to be served. Without that don’t waste money Lasantha or Thajuden’s family are never going to see justice. Tamils will never see justice without international involvement. Sri Lnka is not going to see a cent of thee billions stolen during the last regime.

    • 9
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      SM,

      You may be correct in “There has never been systematic killing of your people by us, the Sinhalese people.”.
      .
      However, what cannot be denied is that “there has been a long history of systematic killing of Tamils by the Sri Lankan State.”
      .
      Start counting from the ’56 riots and the periodic racial riots orchestrated by the State up where the State did systematic killing of Tamils quite openly, up until ’83..
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      Since then, and especially under Gota, the killings by the State continued to remain systematic, but hidden to public eye via White van and other grotesque means.
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      Though Sinhala people may not be directly responsible, they do need to take some responsibility for repeatedly and unmistakably electing “a regime worse than the one before” in as far as the Tamil killings go.

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        Yes, Kumar R,
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        We, Sinhalese, have controlled the State from Independence to date. I hang my head in shame when I survey our record.
        .
        Please accept this apology of mine as being on behalf of many who may not be able to sit and type out words similar to mine.

        • 13
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          Thanks SM – that is very humane of you, to say the least.
          .
          I will also admit that there are scores of you who share identical sentiments. It is the Tamil arrogance that we failed to harness such goodwill of the large number of moderate, humane and sympathetic Sinhalese. Instead we shunned all Sinhalese as evil, stupidly confident we could solve our problem all by ourselves, armed or otherwise!
          .
          The Blacks in the US would not have seen the light of day if they similarly shunned all Whites and took to arms in their struggle – It was indeed the enlightened White youth who joined and then led in the massive political tsunami to bring the Black’s struggle to its victorious resolution.

          Having said that, I think the need of the hour is not regrets, guilt, shame and head-hanging. Why are the well-meaning Sinhalese still incapable of or ineffective to at least begin a reversal of the racial rot? That responsibility is mostly up to the majority, and I fervently hope the Tamils will this time intelligently and in humility embrace the sincerity of the well-meaning majority among the majority!

    • 6
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      Sinhala_Man ~ “…….There has never been “systematic killing” of your people by us, the Sinhalese people.”
      Were the pogrom random systematic killing?
      Your addition ~ “At the end of the War, perhaps.”
      Tell that to GR.

    • 13
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      Thank you Sinhala-Man. Why can’t we have normal people like you running for elections? All we have are racist nut jobs on both sides of the ethnic divide.

      Can’t anyone find this dumb arse Jimba Shitty and see whether we can treat this fellow with some cobra poison?

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      Sinhala Man
      Your appeal to Tamils to howl and protest within limits.
      When you say within “LIMIT” what is it that you exactly mean, especially when you say “ expecting our decent enough President My3 to hang these murderous policemen is expecting too much?
      In other words what you are telling Tamils is to protest and get murdered isn’t it not?
      Now we know how exactly Old Jimmy’s Freudian-slip parallels yours.

      • 5
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        Dear Uthungan,
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        When I wrote that I expected you to “howl and protest” even more than you have been. I’m relieved that it has been relatively low key. One has to be realistic.
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        Surely, you’ve seen enough consistent comments by me to realise that I don’t want to see anybody murdered.
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        I don’t mind somebody taking the occasional dig at me.

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          Dear Sinhala Man,
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          I think your prescription “May I appeal to all Tamils: howl and protest” is neither here nor there.
          .
          If you, the well-meaning Sinhalese concede that the country is not being just to all citizens, why is it not the responsibility of all citizens, especially the majority, to “howl and protest?” Why should it be just for the Tamils protest?
          .
          There is an even greater implication
          .
          With your prescription, you are sending the wrong message to the politicians – that Tamils are on their own, if they are to struggle towards justice. Politicians are molded (adopt themselves) by the message the majority voters send. Our politicians have increasingly fashioned their policies with worsening racial bias (remember JR’s “the harder I kick” statement) because of the sentiments sent to them by the louder section of the voters. A cause-and-effect situation, if you will. So, blame the “loud extremists” as well as the “silent majority” for how the politics have evolved in this once-pearl-of-the-orient nation – the “extremists” for their loud support of racism, and the “silent majority” for their silence and inaction, if not cowardice (recognizing unfairness, but not acting on it).
          .
          Therefore, your prescription should be to the majority, moderate Sinhalese to “howl and protest”. That alone can reform the politicians towards their aspiration to get elected next time.
          .
          Placing the responsibility in the minority hands to struggle for fairness is illogical – just meaningless words. That fails to do justice to the claim of “hanging the head in shame” for the misdeed of the past politicians. It is for the majority to “howl and protest” That was my point in discussing how Blacks gained equality to the US.

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            I accept that we ought to “howl and protest”, and I’m doing a bit of it myself. But when the going gets tough, it’ll only be those who are affected who will persist.
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            Your comment is perfectly justified. Thanks.

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              Dear SM,

              Thank you for your positive response to my observation on this issue of how shamed you, as a moderate majority, feel in the historic conduct of the Sri Lankan politicians.
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              However, I am truly disappointed in your position that you as a majority will not take the lead responsibility to reform the politicians so that you will not have to hang your head in shame in the future! What message is the majority then sending to the politicians?
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              Are you not effectively suggesting that it the responsibility of the minority to persist and reform the politicians so that the majority can then recover from hang their heads in shame? And if the minority will not persist in that, you are willing to go on hanging your head in shame?
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              You truly think that makes sense?

  • 8
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    Tharindu J is most probably under threat due to his investigation/revelation.

    Police have been killing people in custody for many years and none have been investigated fully, or, at all. All know this.
    This type of sporadic killings too happen occasionally. There was the police shooting death of a man seated on top of a lorryful of sand which was suspected to be illegally obtained.

    The police and army have ‘enjoyed’ impunity for a long time. Sri Lanka has become a “police state” – but no one talks about it.

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      Dear justice,
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      I wonder what little we can do? Send these words of ours to guys like President, Prime Minister, U.N. Secretary General etc. to alert them to the danger.
      .
      None of those may work. Tharindu is probably a courageous and great man who knows the risk he is under.
      .
      Let’s each get on to the road tomorrow and tell at least ten strangers about him, so that if anything does happen to him, nobody can say that our wretched government was unaware of the possibility.
      .
      In a sense Ekneligoda did not die in vain, because his wife Sandya rose above petty concerns (I mean about Prageeth’s alleged GF) and followed up heroically.
      .
      Hmmm! You’ve named yourself “justice”. Is there any justice in this land of ours?

  • 2
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    Killing is devilish. Policemen who did this should lose their jobs, pension and should be made to pay a heavy compensation to the parents.

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      Dear Ad,
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      Are you a Tamil? If so, my thanks for accepting that we may have to settle for so little by way of retribution from the policemen.
      .
      CT has selected a good photograph of the two undergrads – their once happy faces get seared on our minds.

  • 1
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    There are many more to follow at least until this RTI is smothered.
    At the time this happened the NP Governor saw to it those who preformed the post-mortem were gagged.
    In the Thajudeen case this was difficult and so SAITM was commandeered.

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    Police may be prosecuted for writing false reports. Other than that, They by any means can not be successfully prosecuted for shooting at the students. It is the RIGHT TO SELF DEFENCE OF POLICE IN A VERY HOSTILE AREA PARTICULAR TO VERY HOSTILE FOR POLICE AND SOMETIMES TO STF, ARMY AND NAVY. IF INVESTIGATED TWO STUDENTS SHOULD BE BRAIN WASHED BY POLITICAL EXTREMISTS. [edited out]

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      Jim da Dimwit.

      Do you even know the meaning of “SELF DEFENCE”?

      We know you are an idiot. Why do you keep on advertising|: beats me.

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        BUTHEAD BURTY: I think, this case should be investigated. The govt will find who is behind. Probably, they already know it and politicians are trying to make hay for the elelction. Wigneswaran had asked police force under him. Typical stupid Tamils. they live in a Tribalsit world. Eternal stupidity.

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    WEll done Tharindu Jayawardena. WE need journalists like you

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    The abuse of fire-power is terrible. What I have said before in comments is that with the change from Jan 8, 2015, Sri Lanka was converted from a Military State to a Police State. Jaffna may have its own problems on law enforcement but trigger happy thugs only makes things worse than solving it. In the specific issue of the death of these two students, wasn’t there an inquiry on their deaths, say by a coroner or a magistrate, as it happened on the road? If so, what was the finding of that inquiry? Further, wasn’t this report on the autopsy produced at the judicial inquiry? Wasn’t any discrepancy detected at the inquiry? This is the vital part of the whole story.

  • 0
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    Was it not Sumanthiran who said to a foreign newspaper (NYT) I think, when the RTI Act was enacted, that this was a development ‘of interest only to the South.’?!

    I hope he is eating his words now. Arrogant and idiotic. One or the other can be corrected. Both are a bad combination!

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      The truth comes from a Sinhalese Journalist while all the politicians including Tamil politicians keep silence on the brutality of the police. It is nothing new for Srilanka since 1948. The reality is that Srilankans are not capable of producing a good leader who can govern the nation for the people. No other country in the world suffered like Srilanka continuously for the seven decades under Srilankan rule. We cover up everything in the name of Buddhism. Majority of the people whether the Sinhalese or Tamils or Muslims do not understand the real motive of our politicians. They come from very richest and educated in western countries and established their life in very developed nations while doing their politics in Srilanka. None of them suffer. Only ordinary Srilankans suffer. They create an image that they are patriots of this land. Sinhalese made to think that Tamils and Muslims are enemies and our politicans are to save them. If you look at the fact do you know why thousands of Sinhalese murdered in 1970s and 1989-90. How many Sinhalese youth who joined the military lost their lifes and how many became disabled? How many children of our politicians died in the war or riots? Can you count the numbers. It is zero. When will this country become a land for ordinary people? When will the peace come? Some people claimed they won the war? If that is true how come you say now LTTE is there? Alquida is there? Do we want another war? Who will be benefitted? Think! Think!

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        Ajith may I also add , if the investigations were carried out by Tamil journalist, they would have been of course branded as LTTE Rump and the whole thing dismissed as Tiger propaganda to tarnish the image of the war heroes.

        I urge the same journalist to investigate the war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan defense forces under the command of Gota, who is now positioning himself as an economist/politician/chapion of the Tamils to contest the Presidential election

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    Ajith: Another good comment with a request to “Think! Think!. The obstacle to put on that “Thinking Cap” is the untiring efforts “Imposed” on the PEOPLE by all those in POWER and who SEEK power in the future. You asked: “How many children of our politicians died in the war or riots”? Do you not remember , the then President during the “war” got his son Rohitha Rajapakse enrolled as a “Cadet” in the Sri Lanka Navy? When this happened, I heard how the then Chairman of SLBC, Mr. Hundson Samarasinghe, went on air and said: ” People! just see how our President “GIFTED” one of his sons to “Fight” in the war”. What did the Navy do with that “GIFT”? Within a few days of arrival of that “GIFT”, the Naval Authorities were “Directed” to send the “Gift” ; Rohitha to UK for “Training” at a great COST to People. He never, ever took part in the “WAR”. Even though, Rohitha was “Discharged” a few years back on various allegations pending “Inquiry”, do we hear any such “INQUIRY”? Never it will come. He is doing the “Globe Trotting” with his other brother “Namal Baby” and now they are in Russia. For “WHAT” and on “WHAT BUSINESS”? Do the PEOPLE “KNOW” and “REMEMBER” all these VILLAINY committed by the “MR & CO. Inc” and the cohorts that include some of the “War Heroes” who are hailed as “National Heroes” who brought “Peace”. Now the latest in this ” JIGGERY- POKERY” is to RE-CREATE the “War” scene and throw wool over the eyes of the people. That is done exceedingly well both by Tamil , Sinhala and Muslim “TRIBES”. Who is there to give this MESSAGE to people? Hardly any . That is very unfortunate.

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    Ajith may I also add , if the investigations were carried out by Tamil journalist, they would have been of course branded as LTTE Rump and the whole thing dismissed as Tiger propaganda to tarnish the image of the war heroes.

    I urge the same journalist to investigate the war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan defense forces under the command of Gota, who is now positioning himself as an economist/politician/chapion of the Tamils to contest the Presidential election

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      Rajash

      Is it true British Foreign Office has destroyed 200 files relating MI5’s activities in Sri Lanka and on LTTE covering the period 1978 to mid 1980?

      You should demand to see the files. The Brits overtly and covertly supported Sri Lanka’s state though it knew all the human rights abuses and war crimes committed by successive government.

      You know the usual suspects need to see the files for themselves as to how these countries helped Sri Lanka the failed state perpetrating state terrorism. The files would have shown soma, Hela, Champa, sach, …………………. Lal loo, Eagle Blind Eye, ….. at least some information contradicting their own believe.

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        Native The colonial masters at what they do best….divide and rule.

        https://www.quora.com/How-did-the-British-implement-the-%E2%80%98Divide-and-Rule%E2%80%99-policy-in-India

        Divide and rule (or divide and conquer, from Latin dīvide et imperā) in politics and sociology is gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into pieces that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy.

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        “Native: Is it true British Foreign Office has destroyed 200 files relating MI5’s activities in Sri Lanka and on LTTE covering the period 1978 to mid 1980?”

        I also read this in the Guradian News Paper. I understand there is a petition made in the UNESCO. But it will come to zero.

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        NV,
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        The files were destroyed already but other agencies like MoD may have copies if they were involved.

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          Lone Wolf

          So none of the Tamil has the b***ls to retrieve it from British authorities. I was told at one of the rally in 2009 about 300,000 Tamils gathered in London to protest against the war. Can’t you get all of them to protest against Brits?

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            NV,
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            I am a key board protestor and unable to organize others. If I remember correctly anybody can make Freeedom of Information request in the UK but it can be expensive. Somebody should ask what British MoD knows about Sri Lanka, for instance, the role of SAS.

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    What the RTI unravelled were specific cases.
    In 2009, some anguished parents met Gota and pleaded for death certificates of their near and dear who were very very dead (killed).
    Gota said “Bring the bodies”.
    We knew what happened to other disappeareds!

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