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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Save Douglas Devananda – a national and international ......

[b]Save Douglas Devananda – a national and international campaign[/b]

Colombo, 26 August, ( Asian Tribune announced yesterday that it has agreed to join Sri Lankan communities in the diaspora and in Sri Lankan to save Douglas Devananda from the Tamil Tigers – the next key target of the Tamil Tigers after the killing of Lakshman Kadirgamar. Ten unsuccessful attempts have been made on Devananda’s life so far by the LTTE. Intelligence sources reveal that the LTTE is preparing for the eleventh attempt, with suicide bombers dispatched to Colombo to attack him at a vulnerable point.

Devananda, who heads the Eelam People’s Democratic Party, V. Anandasangaree, head of the Tamil United Liberation Front and Col Karuna, are the three remaining Tamil leaders who are on the hit list of the Tamil Tigers. Of these Anandasangaree is abroad and Col. Karuna is in hiding. The easiest target is Douglas Devananda, senior minister the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government led by Sri Lanka President Chandrika Bandaranaike.

When Asian Tribune asked him whether he is the next target of the LTTE, Devananda said that as far as LTTE is concerned they have no such things as prioritized targets. “They have already listed those people who have to be killed and the lists have been already circulated to their handlers. They have been advised to finish those in the list as soon as possible so that they may be able to circulate the next lists which are being coordinated and prepared by LTTE intelligence and military intelligence units. The handlers will finish someone as and when they come across them. They do not wait to kill anyone according to the order of priority in the list,” he said.

“In the meantime, Guna – the able assistant of Pottu Amman alias Sivasankaran has been entrusted with the task of getting rid of me. He has been promised a reward of Sri Lankan Rs. 5 million and half of the reward would go to him personally and the other half would be paid to those who provided the necessary lead to kill. This payment of reward has been personally authorized by LTTE leader Prabakaran himself.

“The LTTE military wing organizer for Colombo Karikalan has been entrusted with the task of managing the handling of the killers dispatched from Vanni to Colombo,” he said.

Douglas Devananda, an elected Member of Parliament in the Jaffna electoral district, won a seat in the parliament of Sri Lanka at the last parliamentary general elections held on 02 April 2004, despite rampant election fraud, malpractices, threats and intimidation of LTTE.

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