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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

Prayathna People’s Movement condemns killings of MPs, but failed to pinpoint those behind the killings

Colombo, 13 March, (Asiantribune.com): The Prayathna People’s Movement condemned the killings of the three parliamentarians this year, but has failed to pin the blame on the suspected killers - the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, instead expressed concerns that the killings must be stopped and urged to solve the political conflict through dialogue.

In a press statement, Prayathna People’s Movement said it has been reported that nine persons have been made (to) disappear during the months of January and February this year. But the statement failed to clarify on what it meant by “made disappear.”

Statement further added, “As these murderous acts have raised their heads again, we bring to the notice of authorities the need to take immediate steps to stop these organized ‘human hunting’ “.

Given below the full text of the statement made by Prayathna People’s Movement:

The Prayathna People’s Movement vehemently condemns the cruel murder of Jaffna District Parliamentarian Mr. K. Sivanesan near Kanakarayankulam. The third Parliamentarian who was killed this year is Sivanesan. At the beginning of this year Parliamentarian K. Maheswaran was shot dead in Kotahena and at the same time Minister D. M. Dassanayake was killed near Ja Ela. We vehemently condemn the cruel killings. We also condemn the killings of school children and civilians of both parties. The Prayathna People’s Movement expresses its serious concern that neither the Government nor the LTTE take meaningful steps to stop these killings and solve the political conflict through dialogue.

Our Movement also expresses its serious dismay over the criminal act of negligence on the part of the Government as well as the police towards the death threats and attacks meted out against the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation staff. With the death threat against Lal Hemantha Mawalage, Dilip Dushantha and lately the attack on the Librarian Mrs. Ranjani Aluthge expresses the covert suppression of the staff. The government’s hesitation to come forward to help its own state corporation employees shows that it also has a hand in these criminal attacks.

The Prayathna People’s Movement appeals the President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the presidential intervention to create a situation in which the employees of the Rupavahini Corporation could live without fear.

It has been reported that nine persons have been made disappear during the months of January and February this year. As these murderous acts have raised their heads again, we bring to the notice of authorities the need to take immediate steps to stop these organized “human hunting”.

- Asian Tribune -

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