Assassin arrested in high profile murder for first time
Cabinet Spokesman and Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa
yesterday declared that a suspect believed to be the assassin of UNP
Parliamentarian T. Maheshwaran has already been arrested which was the
first time that such an arrest was made.
He said further investigations are being carried out by the Police.
Addressing the weekly Cabinet news briefing at the Government
Information Department Auditorium in Narahenpita yesterday, Minister
Yapa said while fully condemning the assassination of the Colombo
District UNP Parliamentarian at a Kovil in Kotahena on New Year day, the
Government will take all measures at their disposal and leave no stone
unturned to bring the culprits to book.
Fielding questions from journalists on allegations that the MP's
security had been curtailed, Minister Yapa maintained that when one was
a vulnerable target of the LTTE, he was in effect risk-prone, regardless
of the number of security persons deployed for him.
He claimed that some viewed the assassination from a wrong
perspective, and pointed the finger unjustifiably in a different
SSP and Director Colombo Crimes Division Anura Senanayake responding
to questions of journalists on an alleged link of the arrested suspect
to the EPDP Intelligence wing, as stated by Minister Keheliya
Rambukwella in a BBC radio interview on Wednesday, categorically denied
any such information.
"According to our investigations, we have not established any
supporting evidence to this effect. However, we possess strong evidence
that the suspect so arrested had definitely been the assassin of MP
Maheshwaran." Now the issue lies as to his origin. He has been domiciled
in Wattala, although his origins have been traced to Jaffna prior to
1995.", the SSP said.
SSP Anura Senanayake further stated that several live bullets had
been recovered from the toilet ceiling of his house in Wattala. To
ensure the secrecy and the confidentiality of the investigations,
further information could not be divulged here to the media.
Responding to a query pertaining to the action taken by the
Government in respect of Minister Mervyn Silva's foray into the
Rupavahini Corporation recently, Minister Yapa said that he had
appointed a 'one man Commission' to look into the matter, as the subject
minister in charge of the Rupavahini Corporation.
"I personally assume that this unfortunate incident should not have
happened. Minister Mervyn Silva should have first consulted me on his
grievances if any. So now I have basically become a Judge. Until I get
the report I do not wish to comment on either side, on the matter", he