|Thursday, 24 June 2004|
UPFA supporter slain
The Government yesterday condemned the slaying of Ananda Seneviratne, a UPFA activist, at a political rally in Kalawana.
Media Minister and Government Spokesman Mangala Samaraweera, in a statement issued last evening said incidents of this nature make it clear that the UNP leadership has still not distanced itself from lending a hand to politically-motivated murder, intimidation, violence and acts of corruption.
The Minister said the killers apparently targeted former chief minister Mohan Ellawala and his supporters.
He said: "This murder seems to be an act of political revenge and speculation is rife that UNP supporters have been involved in the attack.
The UNP has thus revealed its true face. Slaying political opponents is nothing new to this party which is now shedding crocodile tears for Parliamentary democracy. It is part of its political traditions.
"The first instance of an MP being killed allegedly by an MP was also recorded in Ratnapura in 1997. MP Nalanda Ellawala was the victim. The UNP leadership did not hesitate to give ministerial posts to the MP who was implicated.
"These incidents make it clear that the UNP leadership has still not distanced itself from lending a hand to politically-motivated murder, intimidation, violence and acts of corruption.
"All citizens who cherish democracy must deplore these killings. The UPFA vehemently condemns these political killings. The UPFA Government extends its sympathies to the bereaved family and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured."
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