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* The newly formed socialist party of Sri Lanka accepts that Premakumar Gunaratnam used several names
Wed, Apr 11, 2012, 12:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 11, Colombo: The newly launched Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) in Sri Lanka says its senior activist Premakumar Gunaratnam, who was reported missing since the 6th till yesterday and sent back to Australia by the authorities, had used several names for protection.

Politburo member of the FSP, Pubudu Jagoda has admitted that Gunaratnam had appeared under several names due to the threat to his life.

He has said that Gunaratnam would have otherwise been abducted and gone missing a long time ago.

Jagoda has told the media that there was no legal impediment to Gunaratnam from engaging in politics in Sri Lanka since he held a dual citizenship.

He has observed that if Gunaratnam has violated any law including Immigration and Emigration Laws, the government should have taken legal action against him.

"He should have been asked to come to the police first and if he failed to do so, a warrant should have been taken from courts. If he was arrested accordingly, his relatives and close associates should have been informed. That is the law in the country," Jagoda has said.

However, India's English daily The Hindu reported that Gunaratnam was involved the killing of 14 Indian Peace keeping Force (IPKF) soldiers in Sri Lanka.

The Hindu reported that it sent a questionnaire to the Australian Foreign Affairs and Trade office in Canberra, to find out if this was a simple case of name change and whether Australia was aware that he was involved in subversive activities in Sri Lanka including the killing of 14 IPKF soldiers.

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