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I never wanted to become a thug: Samayan

28 February 2017 01:04 pm - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Aruna Udayashantha alias ‘Ranale Samayan’, the prominent underworld figure who was murdered yesterday, told our sister paper Lankadeepa in 2015 that he never wanted to become a thug.  

He expressed this following a telephone interview with Lankadeepa in October, 2015, weeks after he was injured when a gunman opened fire at him inside the Kaduwela Court premises.

Q; Can I call you Aruna or Samayan?
A; No issues. Just call me Aruna

Q: But why do everyone call you Samayan?
That is a nickname coined by my friends, for my mischievous ways.

Q; You wanted to become a thug, didn't you?
I never wanted to become a thug or an underworld figure? I need to lead a peaceful life, but no one is letting me to do so

Q; What is your home town?
My birth place is in Polonnaruwa. I came to know about it only recently.

Q; Is it true that your father and mother were teachers?
Yes that is true. They adopted me.

Q; Have you got any brothers or sisters?
No, I am the only child

Q; Where did you study?

Q; What was your childhood like?
When I was five, I lost my father. My family had enough properties. Everyone tried to grab our properties because I and my mother were the only inheritors to them. They created problems for us. When I tried to speak against them, they cornered me labelling me as an adopted child.

Q; Did any relatives help you?
No, never, they all cornered me and my mother.

Q; What happened to your studies?
I managed to pass the GCE O/L, but I had to face problems when I was doing my A/L

Q: Any favourite subjects?
Yes, Sinhala and Maths were my favourite subjects in school.

Q; What happened then?
I had to face more problems during that period. Everyone tried to chase me and mother from the village. I was assaulted on several occasions. One day my mother got a letter asking Rs. 300,000 as ransom. They threatened to kill me if my mother failed to give the money. My mother got upset about it and lodged a complaint with the Nawagamuwa Police station when I was seven. If you check the police complaints book during that period, you can find it.

Q; Haven’t you told these things to a teacher in your school?
At that time, I had so many friends. My mother tried to separate me from them.

Q; Did you think of earning some money at that time?
No..No.., because my mother treated me well, we owned shops.

Q; Did you have any love affairs?
I had several, but those were not serious, because the mindset I had those days due to the problems I had to face. I did my O/L in 2004. After that I was always away from the house.

Q; When were you arrested for the first time?
In 2007

Q; What was the reason?
I was taken into police custody for being near a group, which possessed a weapon. Then police charged me for possessing a bomb, which I never did. That was the turning point in my life.

Q; What thoughts welled up in your mind when you were arrested?
I was beaten by the Police for three months. I felt scared, I remembered my mother. She used to visit me regularly to the Police station and because of that she suffered a leg problem. She is still suffering from that. The Police should take the responsibility, for my position today.

Q; When was you released?

Q; Are you married?
Yes, in 2014, I got married and now I have one child.

Q; How do you see your child’s future?
I will never allow my child to fall into my society. I only have my mother, wife and the child, and no one else.

Q; Is it true that your rival gang is getting political support?
Yes, I think so.

Q; Did you help any politicians?
Not me. May be my friends helped some politicians.

Q; Have you thought about reforming yourself?
I wanted to change my life, but I can’t. Problems were coming after me. I wanted to have a peaceful life overseas with my wife and child. I was seriously thinking about changing my life, at that time I was shot near the Kaduwela Court. I was shot because I asked everyone to stop selling drugs. My supporters were murdered.

Q; You are only 36. Have you felt you reached this position too fast in your life?
I was made to come so far too fast by this society. I never did such things that were being rumoured. I retaliated to those who attacked me.

Q; If something happens to your life?
I still have my home environment. I did attack only those who attacked me. I am a respectable boy hailing from a respectable family. I want to guide my child and show him the right path. I will not allow my child to become a person like me.


  Comments - 13

  • Bala Wednesday, 01 March 2017 11:42 AM

    Society and people around can influence someone into wrong behaviour. Sometimes frustration due circumstances beyond one's control - may be becos being poor or no money and other resources while others have them - can drive you to crime. That s where family and peer guidance early can help. Criminals are not born - they become so due their environment and lack of correction or brutality of authority.

    Sonali Wednesday, 01 March 2017 05:53 AM

    Behind every underworld character is a story. Believing or not is up to the public. I don't think anybody would chose a profession of thuggery. Let's not judge because we despise them for who they are.

    Sri Lankan Wednesday, 01 March 2017 05:58 AM

    Geetha had!!!

    perera Wednesday, 01 March 2017 08:14 AM

    Why people does not feel worth of life, This bloody politician does not want to remove underworld, instead, they feed them continuously. No difference between both main parties. Please take necessary action remove all the weapons hold except security forces.

    Dee Wednesday, 01 March 2017 08:37 AM

    Now come out with a movie, "the making of samayan"

    L C A Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:34 PM

    As usual, playing the same slogan. Has someone push him to the "underworld" ?

    dd Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:57 PM

    Rest in Peace.

    DillonDP Wednesday, 01 March 2017 09:19 AM

    your a liar and a useless guy, you are better dead than alive to this society.. so adios

    sss Tuesday, 28 February 2017 04:15 PM

    me too

    ANTON Tuesday, 28 February 2017 04:25 PM


    shamon Tuesday, 28 February 2017 04:47 PM

    failure of the system.... via DM Android App

    aravinda Tuesday, 28 February 2017 05:14 PM

    When they are completely cornered, suddenly they all become saints!!

    Human Saturday, 04 March 2017 02:59 PM

    RIP samayan.. They day you held the gun it was already decided that your fate is going to be this.

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