It was an inside job-Hulugalle

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Director General of the Media Center for National Security (MCNS), Lakshman Hulugalle said that initial Police investigations into the attack on the Uthayan office in Jaffna had revealed that it was an 'inside job'.

“There is nothing new in this attack- this is the same tactic used by the LTTE. Initial investigations have revealed that it is an inside job to tarnish the image of the government and the country,” he said.

Meanwhile, military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya issuing a statement rejected the speculation that the military was involved in the attack.

Following is the full statement


There is a widespread speculation regarding the attack that has taken place in Jaffna at the Udayan printing press in early hours today (13 April 2013).  Some speculate that the Military was involved in either carrying out or supporting this attack.  We reject such allegations.
It is reiterated that the Sri Lankan Military Forces are duty bound to protect the constitutional rights. The freedom of expression is one of the guaranteed rights.  The Military has no requirement to engage in acts against freedom of expression.  
There are a large number of different media institutions in Sri Lanka and anyone following what is published/broadcasted/telecasted would know that criticism on Government as well as Military are very common.  Except a handful of media institutions the vast majority are privately owned.  In the recent past it is only Udayan which is owned by a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian (who is actively campaigning against the Government and the Military in the north and east) that allegedly faced numerous forms of harassment.  This is an interesting phenomenon.
There are several other publications in Jaffna and elsewhere (published in all three languages) that level harsh criticism on the Government as well as the Military but there are no allegations of harassment.  Why is it only Udayan?
According to preliminary investigations carried out by the authorities the damage caused by the latest attack is not excessive.  Only three paper rolls are partially burnt along with few papers, no damage to any printing machines, and power supply has been interrupted due to heat.  When power is restored the paper can resume its operations, perhaps today itself.  
As things appear, it is obvious that the publicity gained by the paper through this alleged attack on its printing press is enormous.  The local as well as international political mileage that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), as well as other international pro LTTE organizations propagating the ideology of establishing a separate state in Sri Lanka, gain by way of discrediting the Government and Military is much greater than the physical damage. This publicity will surely be used by them to support their widespread claims that international interference is essential for local reconciliation.  
We refute speculations of any Military involvement on attack on Udayan in Jaffna.

  Comments - 77

  • Cheena Saturday, 13 April 2013 11:41 PM

    You are right Mr. Hulugalle. Same logic as mastrubation. Uthayan gets a self satisfaction. Why dont you light your sarong on fire.

    Mervyn Monday, 15 April 2013 04:30 AM

    You think this man is a credible Government Employee? He is a well known swindler and a crock!

    Saman Sunday, 14 April 2013 03:06 PM

    Of couse this is a Rajapakse Inside job.

    Mervyn Monday, 15 April 2013 04:45 AM

    Don't be so hard on this mad man. May be he had a bad fall from the cot when he was a baby !!

    citizen Monday, 15 April 2013 04:47 AM

    This is the Latest BEGALLa from Hulugala

    Jagath Leanage Sunday, 14 April 2013 12:45 AM

    Have you been asked to tell so by some one?

    Samaritan Sunday, 14 April 2013 12:56 AM

    The statement itself simply goes on to prove the perpetraration to fethom as to who did it. There is a saying that THE CAT CLOSES THE EYES THINKING THE WHOLE WORLD IS GONE DARK

    pj Saturday, 13 April 2013 08:00 AM


    Citizen Perera Sunday, 14 April 2013 01:11 AM

    This man always come up with fairy tales.

    Ram Saturday, 13 April 2013 02:17 PM

    What a joke

    Roshini Saturday, 13 April 2013 02:18 PM

    Reconciliation with minorities at full swing

    Jollyboy Sunday, 14 April 2013 01:19 AM

    Joke for the "New Year" is more apt.

    TJ Saturday, 13 April 2013 08:12 AM

    we konw that what you are talking is a humbug. please note that, acting through proxies do not absolve anyone from criminal charges.

    Fair N Square Sunday, 14 April 2013 01:25 AM

    does FBI here = Female Body Inspector?

    dutugemunu1 Saturday, 13 April 2013 08:16 AM

    Aren't you ashamed to talk like this .Donot think that you are talking to Sriankans only.

    KELA Monday, 15 April 2013 11:56 AM

    Hitler,Idi Amin,Saddahussain,Gadafi, Praba,Now who?. All bad guys will see the end and end their families too. Who is next?

    Nodrog Saturday, 13 April 2013 08:16 AM

    Good way to gain publicity and increase newspaper sales....especially when they have nothing worthwhile to report about.

    MayIwin Silva Sunday, 14 April 2013 01:54 AM

    Yes, it is an inside job within the government.

    MennaPora Saturday, 13 April 2013 03:03 PM

    I would like to nominate Mr. Hulugalla for the the Scotland Yard or
    for FBI. He has a outstanding capability of finding out the source of all the problems so soon . Even before the flame goes out at Udayan he found the source of the fire. Miracle of Asia.

    MayIwin Silva Sunday, 14 April 2013 01:54 AM

    Mewa wenne koi rateda? Lankawe, ape Lankawe.
    Thanks to Sunil of Gypsies.

    Andrew Pitugala Sunday, 14 April 2013 01:56 AM

    Hans Christian Anderson nor Grimm brothers could have said it better.

    Vas Saturday, 13 April 2013 03:14 PM

    How many times has Uthayan office been attacked? You think they are attacking themselves?

    How can a credible gvt employ people like this?

    Saman12 Sunday, 14 April 2013 07:44 AM

    Still terrorist are alive in North and East?

    Mn Saturday, 13 April 2013 03:44 PM

    Greatest and most pathetic lier of Whole Sri Lanka.

    Javi Saturday, 13 April 2013 08:52 AM

    Cinema is good for you tell story

    shame Sunday, 14 April 2013 12:00 AM

    Firstly! The world does not believe you. You run this country with a village mentality. Jokers! via DM iPad app

    Ruhunu Kolla Sunday, 14 April 2013 02:08 AM

    Hulugalle, be carefull, do not think about a job after the retirement!

    ranjith Sunday, 14 April 2013 02:14 AM

    Paid for bluffing

    kamal Saturday, 13 April 2013 09:09 AM

    Mervin Silva type excuse- they tied themslves to trees/they set fire to themselves etc!

    John Saturday, 13 April 2013 04:15 PM

    ....its a qualification?!

    varuna Sunday, 14 April 2013 08:03 AM

    this is the only thing that a joker can do. you cant expect nothing els from these kind of jokers.

    Balu Silva Saturday, 13 April 2013 09:09 AM

    Sri Lanka has the unique distinction where people tie themselves to trees for not reporting to the Dengue campaign and the owner of a press in the north setting fire to his own press to bring disrepute to the Govt. Can you beat this?

    Terrace Saturday, 13 April 2013 04:31 PM

    You believe some one believe these type of statement?

    Perumal Saturday, 13 April 2013 09:17 AM

    Uthayan owners and editors attacked themselves, Media men, businessmen, students, workers etc. get vanished or shot to disrepute the government.

    Balu Silva Saturday, 13 April 2013 04:37 PM

    Who on earth will listen to the words of a convict.

    Ampattan Saturday, 13 April 2013 04:42 PM

    Yes. We believe you 100%. You are honest and your government too. The rest are liers. International community will certainly acdept your comments.

    sham Sunday, 14 April 2013 08:08 AM

    these guys should understand that they are telling to people should be reasonable... :-o

    Matiya Saturday, 13 April 2013 09:24 AM

    This master puppet will say any thing to hide the criminality of the masters!

    KR Saturday, 13 April 2013 04:42 PM

    konde bandapu lankikayanta ova kiyapang!

    Lumbini Sunday, 14 April 2013 02:50 AM

    Thanks for very convincing exaplanation.

    Rana Raala Saturday, 13 April 2013 09:27 AM

    මාරයි නේද මෙයා ! Real investigation , send them to China.

    Sarath Saturday, 13 April 2013 09:27 AM

    If you are sure that it is an insider job, then bring the culprits to justice.

    AIA Saturday, 13 April 2013 09:32 AM

    This is why the government should expedite the reconciliation and the development process in the North. No one can exploit any situation then

    aj Saturday, 13 April 2013 09:39 AM


    Amila Sunday, 14 April 2013 02:59 AM

    The same story as the Major assaulted himself.

    tomsamusa Sunday, 14 April 2013 08:43 PM

    By "INSIDE" do mean from inside temple trees of sinking lanka????

    Kumar Sunday, 14 April 2013 03:03 AM

    Yhis is one of the million lies this government has said to cover up their sins. God save the people!

    Yahiya Saturday, 13 April 2013 09:49 AM

    This man is punished by court. How can stand as civilized spokeman for Security.

    Lankanboy Saturday, 13 April 2013 05:02 PM

    Joke of the year

    Sugath Sunday, 14 April 2013 03:42 AM

    Even if it was a inside job, Nobody will believe you.

    Minister Sunday, 14 April 2013 03:53 AM

    "egolloma gahagena" The usual theory!

    Radish.S Sunday, 14 April 2013 11:02 PM

    Great, but what about Trinco5 and muthur 17?

    AJ-DXB Sunday, 14 April 2013 12:00 AM

    minister seems to be a student of Dr.Mervyn Silva via DM Android App

    Kay Sunday, 14 April 2013 04:04 AM

    Quack Quack....

    Sammy Sunday, 14 April 2013 04:16 AM

    Who is permitted to carry arms in the North. If unauthorised persons are in possession of arms then it is of serious security concern. Be a little more smarter.

    Burt Monday, 15 April 2013 12:39 AM

    Is'nt this guy ashamed to put on a trouser and walk in public?Clothes cannot cover his nakedness.

    Dammika Sunday, 14 April 2013 04:25 AM

    Oh really ... we can imagine .... Hmmmmmmmmm

    Nimalasiri Sunday, 14 April 2013 04:42 AM

    Change your name to 'Boorugalle' or 'Harakgalle'

    Suq Madique Sunday, 14 April 2013 04:45 AM

    Seems like the LTTE cheering squad is not in full force judging by the few red thumbs down. LOL.

    Suq Madique Sunday, 14 April 2013 04:46 AM

    Seems like the LTTE cheering squad is not in full force judging by the very few red thumbs down. LOL.

    Suq Madique Sunday, 14 April 2013 04:47 AM

    Why don't you laugh then?

    one Sunday, 14 April 2013 12:00 AM

    anther joker from da same mother in kalaniya via DM Android App

    Thomas Monday, 15 April 2013 02:29 AM

    He is Paid ti Lie , Nothing but Lies.

    Ben Hurling Saturday, 13 April 2013 12:29 PM

    If you lie all the time. You start believing in the very same lies you tell people of Sri Lanka.

    Mr. Huligalle, please go find honourable employment.

    Amila. G Monday, 15 April 2013 02:46 AM

    Born Sucker of the regime . The face says it all.

    Kiwi Monday, 15 April 2013 03:01 AM

    If the culprits are NOT caught then we all know who did it!!!

    aj Sunday, 14 April 2013 12:00 AM

    Ya u got inside and did the job via DM iPad app

    aj Sunday, 14 April 2013 12:00 AM

    Ya u got inside and did the job via DM iPad app

    S.Sriranjan Sunday, 14 April 2013 01:29 PM

    No doubt! All those Mechines should be inside the Press???

    Ajith P Perera Saturday, 13 April 2013 11:15 PM

    Keheliya Rabukwella contradicts Hulugalle! Both r liars.

    Mr Retort Saturday, 13 April 2013 01:10 PM

    Puhuuuh push-up ha hooo

    Gota Saturday, 13 April 2013 11:25 PM

    Mr. Hurlugalla, i told you to tell this out side job. but you told same story aging... Gota

    democratic socialist Saturday, 13 April 2013 01:10 PM

    Uthayan web site and e-papers are banned to view in So called democratic socialist republic of sri lanka since 2009!!!

    mano Saturday, 13 April 2013 11:32 PM

    you are correct. they all are innocents and never harm any one. they are next to Gandhi and lord Budha

    fred Sunday, 14 April 2013 02:04 PM

    Of course it was an 'inside job'. Everything that was damaged was 'inside'.!!!!!!!!

    Mason Saturday, 13 April 2013 01:16 PM

    Sri Lankans are not gullible enough to believe this story. You are telling this to please your masters, but the general public are larger and greater and they need to know the truth.
    You've said something about tarnishing the image of the government and we wish to hear from you briefly what this image consists of.

    Ranjo Saturday, 13 April 2013 11:35 PM

    Put the proof on the Table, Mr Ex Convict.

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