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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2736

Mano Ganesan is not fleeing but leaving the country for a brief period

Colombo, 30 December, (Asiantribune.com): Mano Ganesan says that he will be leaving the country soon briefly until his security situation is sorted out. Leaving the country does not mean fleeing the country as reported by some media he pointed out.Mano Ganesan:  "I am a Sri Lankan and as a citizens, as well as an elected Member of Parliament and also as a leader of a recognized political Party it is the responsibility of the Sri Lanka state to provide the necessary security to me.”Mano Ganesan: "I am a Sri Lankan and as a citizens, as well as an elected Member of Parliament and also as a leader of a recognized political Party it is the responsibility of the Sri Lanka state to provide the necessary security to me.”

He said, “According to the decision of the politburo of the Western People’s Front, I have decided to leave the country temporarily due to the prevailing security situation. Specifically due to the life threat I am faced with.”

Earlier, when Nadarajah Raviraj, TNA parliamentarian and a co-founder of the Civil Monitoring Mission was shot and killed on 10 November 2006, Mano Ganeshan went overseas, somewhere by 20 November 2006, to Tamil Nadu, India, for a brief spell, after receiving intense death threats. He returned back after his security was enhanced.

Mano Ganesan speaking to Asian Tribune said:

“The security which was enhanced to me after the killing of my friend and co-founder of Civil Monitoring Commission Nadaraj Raviraj last year has been abruptly withdrawn on 18 December this year.

“Even up to the time of withdrawal the police intelligence and the policemen who were securing me repeatedly informed me of the serious security threat I am facing.

“So, one section of the police, as per their intelligence report revealed to me that the threat on my life is serious and the other section, the IGP – the Police chief of the country withdraws my security, leaving me at the mercy of those who threatens to do me away physically.

This is very clear that the withdrawing my security is a political decision and not a police decision. “

When asked as to where he plans to leave, Mano Ganesan said that he is not in a position to divulge any detail of his plan and also as to where he intends to go.

He said that he has already written a letter to Sri Lanka President about his security threat and threat on his life due to the withdrawal of his security. Mano Ganesan said that he has also written to the police chief about this subject.

Mano Ganesan further said that he has informed the Speaker of the Parliament as well as to the Leader of the Opposition. He said that already he has brought his security threat to the diplomatic community in Colombo. He also said that he learnt that heads of diplomatic missions have taken up the matter with the Sri Lanka Government.

Leader of the Western Peoples Front when speaking to Asian Tribune said while bringing this matter to the notice of the Asian Tribune, he said that he wants to bring to the attention of Asian Tribune readers that he is not being dictated by any one. He said that he has never advocated for the separation of the country.

Mano Ganesan emphasized, “I am a Sri Lankan and as a citizens, as well as an elected Member of Parliament and also as a leader of a recognized political Party it is the responsibility of the Sri Lanka state to provide the necessary security to me.”

He also reminded that he is an opposition politician. He said he has strong political views of his own for the betterment of the people and the country. He said that he is not the type of person who sits in the daytime with the opposition and in the night visits “Temple Trees” for personal gains.

In conclusion, he said that the decision to leave the country for a brief period of time was taken by the politburo of his party and accordingly he has planned to leave the country to an unannounced destination until such time his personal security situation is sorted out for him to return back.

- Asian Tribune -

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