'Atha Kota's associates instill fear psychosis among estate workers in Deraniyagala

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During an observation visit to Noori Estate in Deraniyagala recently, estate workers had complained Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development Palany Thigambaram of the harassment they facing by the associates of former Chairman of the Deraniyagala Pradeshiya Sabha Anil Champika alias ‘Atha Kota’ convicted and sentenced to death over the murder of an estate superintendent in 2013.

The estate workers had informed the minister that the current Noori Estate Superintendent along with the Atha Kota’s associates is harassing them continuously.

The people had informed the minister that under the influence of Atha Kota’s group tense situation was created between Sinhala communities and the estate workers on September 6, however the situation was amicably settled following the intervention of the Sugathabimbarama Temple Viharadhipathi and the Priest of the Sri Muththuammaar Shrine.

Minister Thigambaram responding to the public said that ethnic harmony can resolve any issue. He also added that he will not allow Atha Kota’s group or anyone else to create any problematic situation similar to 2013 to repeat in the Noori Estate. The superintendent of Noori Estate, Nihal Perera, was hacked to death in Deraniyagala on July 05, 2013 after he was assaulted by a group of men who arrived in an SUV while on duty. On November 25, 2016 former Chairman of the Deraniyagala Pradeshiya Sabha, Anil Champika alias ‘Atha Kota’, and 17 other suspects have been convicted and sentenced to death over the murder of the estate superintendent.

According to the reports the crime motive was a timber racket.According to the residents several close associates of Atha Kota, instill fear psychosis in the area and demand ransom from the estate workers. Deputy Minister of Justice & Prison Reforms H. R. Sarathie Dushmantha and United National Party Deraniyagala Orgamiser Provincial Councilor Anurudhdha Polgampola also join the visit. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • neil alvis Monday, 17 September 2018 09:22 AM

    yes i was looking for the precise word to describe the moral decay of our society, 'decadence'. values, traditions and ideals have no place any more. in buddhism we are taught of right and wrong views, actions, speech etc. now almost everyting is showing a decline from sammaa to mitchaa, thanks partially to corrupt buddhist monks, not excluding mahanaayakers and corrupt politicians who safeguard and protect their supporters as recently reported of atha kota, an appointment made by our good old friend susil premjayanth who was the then secretary of the coalition. this man atha kota should be incarcerated immediately. those who terrorise people should be treated as terrorists and dealt with promptly. however, the politician thinks 'alas! how about my vote base!' everything boils down to vote. in fact vote of the fool not the wise. in fact the wise would not vote any more.

    Dhammika Monday, 17 September 2018 10:59 AM

    EXCELLENT comment . Please the authorities concerned must investigate and take action . Specially the BALA PETROL , S.SIL JARAjayantha who is another half baked AMERICAN.

    SureshP Monday, 17 September 2018 12:27 PM

    Agree with you whole heartedly with your comment. However, I feel the opposite about the wise not voting. The wise should vote in full power, else the fools will win by default. We need to stop complaining and be active.

    lkboy Monday, 17 September 2018 11:41 AM

    Wonder if people remember who sponsored Atha Kota!


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