JVP dissident group member Dimuthu Attygala, who was reportedly missing along with Kumar Gunaratnam, has turned up at the party office in Madiwela a short while ago. She is to address the media conference shortly, our reporter said.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror Waruna Rajapakshe a leading member of the Frontline Socialist Party said that she was dropped off near the parties head office in Madiwela and was given money to use a trishaw by the abductors.
Addressing the press conference Attygala said that abductors wanted to know her party’s future political road map.
“They questioned me extensively about the activities of my party and its future political road map. Since I am the head of the international wing, they asked about our international links. They wanted to know whether we have established contacts with the pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora. I denied it. Also, they wanted to know whether we have an international funding sources,” she said.
“I was blindfolded and taken to a distant location which I cannot remember. I was terrifies because I feared for my life. I was hit once. Later, I heard them saying that they should not physically assault a woman,” she said.
Her narration took a different turn when she mentioned that her abductors spoke in favour of the JVP from which she defected last year over what she termed as ideological clashes.
“They said that I had to suffer this fate because of what Idid to the JVP. Some of them cited the JVP as a good political party. They did not approve the kind of politics which we are planning to do. I tried to convince them that we defected from the JVP on policy differences. I assured that we will not take up arms. Once I was brought to the presence of comrade Kumar Gunaratnam abducted on the same day. They asked the same questions separately from us,” she said.
Asked whether she suspected the JVP’s involvement, she said, “I cannot draw any conclusion. Yet, I got a feeling about such an involvement from the manner in which some abductors spoke.”
During her detention at an unidentified location, she said she was given food. Also, she said that a lady had been assigned to help whenever she wanted to use the washroom. (Kelum Bandara)