TULF seeks commission to probe Amirthalingam’s killing

A. AmirthalingamThe Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has urged the Government to appoint a Presidential commission to investigate the assassination of the former leader of the opposition Appapillai Amirthalingam.

In a letter to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Secretary General of the TULF V. Anandasangaree said that now is the best time to investigate the assassination of the former leader of the opposition.

“Please have a special Presidential commission to investigate this since a lot of people are involved,” he said.

He said that the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) had requested the Government to brief them of the relevant facts relating to the assassinations of four Members of Parliament namely Joseph Pararajasingam, N. Raviraj, T.Maheswaran and D.M.Dasanayake.

However he said that there were three others who were also assassinated during this period and they were A.Thangathurai, Kingsley Rajanayagam and Laxman Kathirgamar.

“Please send the relevant information relating to these three Members also to the Secretary General of the IPU.
People have already started asking as to what is happing to Mr. Thangathurai’s assassination. He was attending a school function as the Chief Guest in which many were killer, when he was representing the Trincomalee Electorate. At that time it was reported that the Police had information about a plot that was hatched in Colombo. It was also reported then that already five arrests had been made including a Gramasevaka and that the Police was looking for two others to be arrested in connection with this assassination.Along with Hon. Thangathurai’s , assassinations of Hon. Kingsely Rajanayagam and Hon. Laxman Kathirgamar should be taken up simultaneously for investigation,” Anandasangaree said.

He said that very heinous crimes had taken place during the war outside the war zone, without any action taken on the offenders, mainly due to the reluctance of the witnesses to come forward and give evidence.

“The situation has now considerably changed. I am of the opinion that all the files temporarily closed should now be opened and action taken,” he said.

Anandasangaree said that the wives and children of these victims have still not recovered from the shock they suffered and action taken on these crimes may give the victims’ families some relief. (Colombo Gazette)

3 COMMENTS

  1. My father was a full pledged TULF member, and personal secretary of late TULF leader S. J. V. Chelvanayagam. In 1979 my father was invited for the close door meeting organized by Appapillai Amirthalingam,in order to crown Prabhakaran. My father wasn’t prepared to approve Praphakaran to fight for Tamils, because Prabhakaran haven’t had any political experience or reasonable education. However, Amirthalingam insisted to create a monster to scare Sinhalese, and felt that Praphakaran was the right choice. My father told me that he clearly mentioned to the TULF leaders during the meeting that “this monster is creating by India and approved by the TULF; it will create a bloody disaster for Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims.” He also mentioned that African Americans were first brought to the USA as slaves in 1526. President Abraham Lincoln abolished the slave trade in 1863. President J F Kennedy gave equal rights for African Americans in 1963. Finally, African Americans got their voting rights in 1965. Centuries had gone, but African Americans haven’t taken arms against the majority whites nor irritated the majority by joining with other country. Singaporeans also haven’t taken arms against Malaysians, nor joined with Indonesians to irritate Malaysians. My father wanted follow African Americans and Singaporeans. However, Amirthalingam wanted to take arms, because he believed that Sinhalese are aggressive than Malaysians and white Americans. During the same meeting Amirthalingam also accused my father as a traitor, because he rejected Prabhakaran. My father totally disagreed and resigned from the TULF on that particular day, but Amirthalingam kept everything quiet. Still millions of Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims don’t know that someone else had a better choice for Tamils’ struggles instead of taking arms with the help of India. In fact, my father should have gone one step further; he should have informed to the South and locked Amirthalingam behind bars. This would have saved lots of lives and sufferings. Amirthalingam deserved for what he had done. “Whatever goes around comes around” is very true isn’t it? The sad news is Tamils have gone through hell; but still they don’t appreciate smart Tamils. Is it a curse or shame?

  2. My father was a full pledged TULF member, and personal secretary of late TULF leader S. J. V. Chelvanayagam. In 1979 my father was invited for the close door meeting organized by Appapillai Amirthalingam,in order to crown Prabhakaran. My father wasn’t prepared to approve Praphakaran to fight for Tamils, because Prabhakaran haven’t had any political experience or reasonable education. However, Amirthalingam insisted to create a monster to scare Sinhalese, and felt that Praphakaran was the right choice. My father told me that he clearly mentioned to the TULF leaders during the meeting that “this monster is creating by India and approved by the TULF; it will create a bloody disaster for Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims.” He also mentioned that African Americans were first brought to the USA as slaves in 1526. President Abraham Lincoln abolished the slave trade in 1863. President J F Kennedy gave equal rights for African Americans in 1963. Finally, African Americans got their voting rights in 1965. Centuries had gone, but African Americans haven’t taken arms against the majority whites nor irritated the majority by joining with other country. Singaporeans also haven’t taken arms against Malaysians, nor joined with Indonesians to irritate Malaysians. My father wanted follow African Americans and Singaporeans. However, Amirthalingam wanted to take arms, because he believed that Sinhalese are aggressive than Malaysians and white Americans. During the same meeting Amirthalingam also accused my father as a traitor, because he rejected Prabhakaran. My father totally disagreed and resigned from the TULF on that particular day, but Amirthalingam kept everything quiet. Still millions of Tamils,Sinhalese and Muslims don’t know that someone else had a better choice for Tamils’ struggles instead of taking arms with the help of India. In fact, my father should have gone one step further. He should have informed to the South and locked Amirthalingam behind bars. This would have saved lots of lives and sufferings. Amirthalingam deserved for what he had done. “Whatever goes around comes around” is very true isn’t it? The sad news is Tamils have gone through hell; but still they don’t appreciate smart Tamils. Is it a curse or shame?

  3. The government should give serious attention to
    Mr. Anandasangary’s suggestion. Sir, you have raised this issue when even the present leader of the opposition nor the TNA have failed to raise this issue. The murders of Mr. Amirthalingam, MP Yogeswaran and his wife have been forgotten and investigations shelved. But this government will never investigate, because it is supporting the UN resolution which only wants to investigate violence and murders that occured after 2004 as if no violence occurred in SL before that!

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