Q: You have claimed in an interview with an Indian TV station that Prabhakaran committed suicide by shooting himself and was not killed by the Sri Lankan Army as claimed. Why did it take you six years to say this?
A: I explained the proper situation. There were many notions about Prabhakaran’s death. Some people misinformed by diaspora propaganda accused former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa. They said Prabhakaran was arrested, brought to Colombo and tortured. I gave my personal comments to an Indian TV channel.
I said he died in the battlefield and that he may have committed suicide, it was a guess based on my battelfield experience.
This incident happened around 12.00 to 12.30 am. I did not know about it at the time. Around 5.30am former President Mahinda Rajapaksa gave me a phone call, he said “Pirapaharan was killed by the Army, can you go and identify him. If you identify him I will believe he’s dead.”…………………. READ MORE
Earlier last week Karuna Amman alias Vinayagamoorthy Muralithran, a one-time, trusted bodyguard of LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran and LTTE Eastern Commander turned politician, in an interview with India’s Puthiya Thalaimurai TV, stirred a hornets nest, when he claimed Prabhakran was not killed by the Sri Lankan military as claimed but shot himself with his pistol, His claims were however rejected outright by former Army Commander, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka who claimed Karuna Amman who was a virtual prisoner in his own home for his safety till the end of the war, had little or no knowledge of the outside world or about the death of Prabhakaran.
Q: Karuna Amman has claimed that Vellupillai Prabhakaran was not killed by Government forces but that he had committed suicide by shooting himself. Your comments?
A: Karuna Amman is now trying to win the sympathy of the Tamils. If you read between the lines, this is clear. He’s saying he never let the LTTE down or was part of the operations carried out against the LTTE.
Karuna Amman was kept under tight security in a safe house in Colombo. He had no access to the outside world or even to a telephone conversation, so he was not aware of what was happening in the battlefield.
Q: He did not give any information?
A: Karuna Amman had no useful information to give. He said Prabhakaran’s youngest son surrendered and Prabhakaran killed himself. His son never surrendered. The Army did not arrest him. We had no information about his youngest son, later we saw his body with gunshot injuries.We don’t know how and where it happened.
KP had said Prabhakaran’s wife and daughter were killed due to Army shelling. His daughter was a frontline fighter, she was a Lt. Col in the women’s cadre. His wife was also involved in managing supplies to the frontline. She was not a housewife. She was operating in the forward lines. They may have been killed in the forward lines. That’s possible. Karuna would have picked up the information from what KP had said…………. READ MORE
The Department of Police in Sri Lanka was established on 3 September 1866. It will celebrate its 150th anniversary next year. It is the third oldest department in the country after the Customs Department and Surveyor General’s Department.
To mark the event a series of ceremonies, including a photographic exhibition, were held at the Lionel Wendt on 2 and 3 September…………. READ MORE