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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2368

Karuna continues to threaten Editor, Asian Tribune

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Karuna group has continued with its death threat calls to the editor of Asian Tribune and has demanded that the news website should stop publishing the group’s forced child recruitment activities for war, its fratricidal killings against members of it own group and activities of abducting people for ransom to raise money for the paramilitary group.

Asian Tribune’s editor K. T. Rajasingham, a man hailing from the war torn Jaffna peninsula in Sri Lanka told this correspondent that he has been threatened by an anonymous caller this time who said he was calling on behalf of the Karuna group.

Prior to this he has been threatened by a man who is well known as a side kick of Karuna over the telephone and demanded that the editor should stop publishing all adverse reports about Karuna Amman led Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, the para military group. The group was formed after he broke away from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) over differences with the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. But the group has not deviated from practices of its mother organization from which it broke, the LTTE, Tamils have complained.

The editor of the “Asian Tribune” has been reportedly told that the website should stop publishing all stories regarding the group’s kidnapping activities of Tamil children from the Eastern Province. Despite its promises, the Karuna group is reportedly engaged in forced recruitment of under aged children for its baby brigades like the LTTE up to this day.

The anonymous caller also reportedly told the Asian Tribune editor that he should also refrain from publishing anything related to the fratricidal killings with Karuna’s group after he broke away from Pillaiyan his second in command. The breaking of the group occurred May 4 this year after which Karuna group assassins openly murdered Tamils having relations with Pillaiyan.

The anonymous caller also told the editor that no report about the group’s alleged activities about kidnapping people for ransom should ever be published in the website.

K.T. Rajasingham, a veteran journalist who started his career with the now-defunct Davasa group of newspapers, which was officially know as the Independent Newspapers Ltd. now lives in Europe also under the threats of the LTTE. The anonymous caller who identified himself with the Karuna group reportedly told Rajasingham that it would not be difficult to organize a contract to kill him even in Europe.

Ironically , Rajasingham welcomed the breaking away of Karuna from the LTTE at the time when he announced that he would join the democratic mainstream. Rajasingham said he was disappointed with the practice of Karuna when he continued to do the same things the LTTE did instead.

Daily Mirror

In the meantime, Champika Liyanaarachchi, Editor, Daily Mirror in an e-mail communication wrote: “With reference to the Asian Tribune story titled 'Death Threat to Editor , Asian Tribune' the Daily Mirror Editor says there is an erroneous reference in the same story to a threatening call made by Karuna to Editor - Daily Mirror as well. The Daily Mirror Editor says that at no point she got such a call from Karuna." Asian Tribune regrets for for the erroneous reference.

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