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Lanka’s Amb in Myanmar questions continuing Indian interference in Lanka’s domestic affairs

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By Shamindra Ferdinando

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Myanmar Prof. Nalin de Silva yesterday (18) questioned continuing Indian interference in domestic affairs in Sri Lanka.

Declaring Indian High Commissioner Gopal Bagley meeting with a TNA delegation to discuss what he called internal politics, Prof. De Silva alleged that the Indian envoy’s actions were contrary to Section 41 (A) of the Vienna Convention.

Ambassador de Silva was responding to Indian HC statement issued on Thursday (17) following a meeting with a delegation of TNA lawmakers led by R. Sampanthan. The statement quoted Bagley as having reiterated India’s support for devolution within the framework of a united Sri Lanka based on full implementation of the 13A which would be in line with Tamil aspirations for equality, justice, peace, and reconciliation and would strengthen Sri Lanka.

Outspoken Prof. de Silva asked whether India would allow such blatant interference there.

Prof de Silva emphasized that the TNA, having recognized the LTTE as the sole representative of the Tamil speaking people had no business to talk devolution with Indian HC. “It is an internal problem and what does the HC Bagley mean by full implementation of the 13A. It is up to Sri Lanka to implement the sections that need to be done,” Ambassador de Silva said. In the eyes of most of the people, the 13th A was nothing but a betrayal of the country, the blunt former Mathematics Don said.

Do not the Tamils enjoy equality, justice, and peace since the successful conclusion of the war? Those suspicious about Sri Lanka’s intentions should seek an explanation from new Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam, Ambassador de Silva said. He alleged that India and the UK prevented real reconciliation. Those who could not stomach the eradication of the LTTE relentlessly harassed Sri Lanka, Prof de Silva said, urging the world to recognize saving Tamil speaking children from forced conscription to be used as cannon fodder as one of the major achievements of the war winning government.

The TNA delegation for talks with HC Bagley at India House comprised R. Sampanthan, Leader of Ilangai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Mavai Senathirajah Dharmalingam Siddharthan, Selvam Adaikalanathan and M.A. Sumanthiran were present during the meeting. Deputy High Commissioner Vinod K. Jacob and Political Counsellor Mrs. Banu Prakash have also been present.

Ambassador de Silva noted that several months ago, the Deputy HC discussed 13th A with former LTTE personnel, former UPFA lawmaker Karuna Amman and Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pilleyan, a member of the current parliament.

Prof de Silva said that both President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena should be reminded of the Indian interference. According to him, even if he wanted to comment on Myanmar developments he could not do so for obvious reasons.

Referring to the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa declaring the then British High Commissioner in Colombo persona non grata and President Mahinda Rajapaksa taking a tough stand when French and British Foreign Secretaries attempted to intervene in 2009 on behalf of the LTTE, Amb. de Silva said that Sri Lanka had allowed foreign envoys the freedom to meddle with impunity. Prof. De Silva questioned the absurdity in various Colombo based envoys routinely commenting on domestic affairs, making suggestions and recommendations.

Referring to the Indian statement, Ambassador de Silva said it would be better if India explained about funding housing programmes implemented in areas outside the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

The tough talking ex-university don said that Sri Lanka had proved beyond any doubt that the country could do without electing members for Northern and Eastern Provincial Councils. Sri Lanka could not forget India forced the then President JRJ to establish Provincial Councils system in terms of the 13th A to the Constitution in contravention of a Supreme Court ruling, he noted.

 

 



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MP’s wife, father-in-law among three detained

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Rishad held under PTA to be questioned

16-year-old girl’s death:

By Shamindra Ferdinando

Police investigating the death of 16-year-old Ishalini, the domestic servant at All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) leader Rishad Bathiudeen’s Baudhaloka Mawatha residence have arrested Ayesha Shiabdeen, 46, the wife of the former minister.

Police also took into custody Rishad’s father-in-law Mohammed Shiabdeen, 70, and Ponnaiah Pandaram alias Shankar, 64, a resident of Dayagama.

Police Spokesman Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said that Shankar had brought Ilashini from Dayagama to the Baudhaloka Mawatha residence of Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) Vanni District lawmaker late last year.

Having studied the post postmortem report, they were taken into custody in terms of Section 360 C and Section 308 B of the Penal Code that dealt with human trafficking and cruelty to children, the top police officer said. According to him, so far 20 statements had been recorded.

Asked whether MP Bathiudeen, too, had been among the questioned, Senior DIG Rohana said the parliamentarian detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) over 2019 Easter Sunday carnage, too, would be interrogated in that regard.

The ACMC contested the last general election on the SJB ticket. It switched its allegiance to the SJB ahead of 2020 general election after having represented the cabinet in UNP led yahapalana administration. Rishad has also served President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s cabinet during his second term.

Having suffered serious burn injuries on July 3 at the MP’s residence and admitted to the National Hospital, Illashini succumbed to her injuries on July 15th. Medical examination revealed that she had been raped over a period of time.

The police spokesman said that they intended to secure court approval to detain the suspects for 72 hours. A Superintendent of Police could obtain such approval on the strength of a B report submitted to the court in respect of offenses on children.

Although, the police indicated earlier in the day they would be produced in Colombo Magistrate court they weren’t brought in.

Meanwhile, the SJB said that interested parties were making a despicable attempt to politicize the incident. The police should be allowed to conduct the investigation without interference, a spokesman for the main Opposition party said.

 

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Women’s organisations in North conduct protests demanding justice for Ilashini

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A section of those engaged in Jaffna protests

 

By Dinasena Ratugamage

Women’s organisations in the North yesterday held a number of demonstrations in Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi and Jaffna against the death of J. Ilashini, the 16 -year-old girl who died while working at SJB MP Rishad Bathiudeen’s residence.

The protesters urged authorities to ensure that investigations into the death are conducted in a transparent manner. The family of the victim should be compensated and those guilty punished, they said.

Representatives of the organisations said that if justice was not done, they would hold a massive demonstration in Tarapuram, Mannar, which Bathiudeen represents in Parliament.

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Dancer lodges complaint with police over FB post 

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Police headquarters yesterday (23) said that dancer Anusha Damayanthi had lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) over a Facebook post alleging that she was running a brothel.

Police headquarters said that Damayanthi, while denying the accusation, had also brought to the CID’s notice that a minister was being accused of lambasting the Walana anti-crime strike force for carrying out the raid. Police said that an investigation was underway.

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