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* Suspicions raised in parliament on a link between murder of two police officers in Batticaloa and Karuna Amman
Fri, Nov 30, 2018, 10:51 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 30, Colombo: Suspicions were raised today in parliament that former LTTE member turned UPFA politician Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman is involved in the murder of two police officers last night in Batticaloa.

Two Sri Lankan police officers were found shot dead at Vavunathivu in Batticaloa at a road checkpoint early today.

UNP MP Nalin Bandara in parliament today expressed his suspicion in a link between killing the two police officers and a veiled threat by Karuna Amman in a Twitter post yesterday.

In a Twitter post yesterday 'colonel Karuna', as he was called when he was the LTTE area commander of the East, said some UNP people try to scare him and reminded "who he was before 2004."

"I think some UNP people try to scare me. Many people message me and call me. Please remember I am karuna amman from batti. Maybe you ask other people who karuna amman before 2004," former minister and deputy chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party said.

In this context MP Bandara said they are suspicious that Karuna's tweet has any connection with the murder of two policemen. He further said that they wish to receive a clarification from the government.

Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) also raised suspicions in Parliament today that former LTTE member Karuna Amman and the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) were involved in some criminal incidents in the North and East.

Speaking in parliament, TNA parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran said Karuna's group is suspected to be behind some crimes in Batticaloa.

MP Sumanthiran said Karuna Amman has come ‘out of the cold’ and became active after 26th October government change and the EPDP leader Douglas Devananda was going around in Jaffna and telling people he was back.

Karuna Amman has accused TNA MP Sumanthiran of aligning with the United National party and its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

In a another Twitter post Karuna said Tamil people need to understand that MP Sumanthiran's boss is Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sri Lanka needs Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa team since the TNA will never fix Tamil people's problem.

TNA MP Sumanthiran urged the Speaker to take appropriate action with regard to these incidents and in response Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has said that he would inform the President on the matter and request the Defense Secretary to provide a clarification.

 

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