Another LTTE's plan to assassinate Minister Douglas Devananda foiled
Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune
Colombo, 08 May, (Asiantribune.com): Police have traced a plan to assassinate Social Services and Welfare Minister Douglas Devananda.
A Police source said that several CID sleuths had been recently employed to catch the culprits.
According to Police, Rs. 20 million received from the LTTE has been promised to the suspected contract killer to assassinate Minister Devananda. A married couple residing in the first floor of the Pettah Fish Market was used by the LTTE to carry out the plan.
The contract killer had already been given Rs. 01 million as an advance, a revolver and an automatic weapon. The main suspect with the weapons has been taken into custody by the police.
Minister Douglas Devananda has ever since he joined the mainstream politics, has been a target of the arch rival of LTTE.
The Public Relation Officer (PRO) of Minister Douglas Devananda was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen suspected to be LTTE in July 2006.
Devananda argues there’s currently no genocide in the country and dismisses such reports in Tamil Nadu as LTTE propaganda.
Devananda has reiterated that "Prabakaran’s real problem is that he cannot survive in a democratic environment. He needs a piece of dreamland called Eelam that he can rule as a dictator. The truth is that after the Indo-Sri Lanka agreement, every leader in office has attempted to solve this issue. What was the approach of the LTTE to these efforts? It walked out of talks every single time on some excuse or the other. Three decades of war and destruction have brought nothing but misery to the people of Sri Lanka in general and Tamils in particular. We have to put an end to the politics of militancy and move towards a negotiated political settlement. The LTTE is part of the problem and not a solution and hence must be dealt with squarely".
In July 1998 Douglas Devananda, the leader of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) was attacked by some LTTE prisoners when he visited the Kalutara prison to inquire about the demands of some other LTTE prisoners who were fasting. He was seriously wounded and was in an unconscious state when he was brought to the Colombo national hospital from the Kalutara general hospital.
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