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Deputy Minister H. R Mithrapala today accused the highest ‘Political authority in Sabaragamuwa’ for providing political patronage to former Deraniyagala PS Chairman Anil Champika alias ‘ Athakota’.

Answering a question posed by journalists with regards to allegations that Chief Minister Maheepala Herath provided political patronage to atrocities that were committed in the area, Mithrapala acknowledged that they were true. “Yes, he gave Anil Champika contracts, money and the political cover that was needed to commit these crimes. They had a strong connection” he said.

Mithrapala further said that it was “this political patronage together with the police” that made it possible for an ‘era of terror’ to take place in the area.

At a news briefing held today at the ministry premises, the Deraniyagala SLFP organiser also accused the police top brass, including “Senior DIG’s, DIG’s, SP’s” who were in charge of Deraniyagala for siding with those who unleashed a reign of terror there. “I have called these police from time to time and complained to them, these included DIG’s SPs, SSP’s in charge of the area, but nothing was done about it,” he said. “I even the former Inspector General of Police of the predicament the villagers faced. “I even informed the former IGP about the situation but nothing changed,” he said.
When the media questioned him as to the names of the police top brass who were involved in the cover-up the Deputy Minister refused to commit himself. “There were many senior Police officers during this time. Some of them have been transferred, but all of them sided with Champika,” he said.

Mithrapala however, reiterated that he was instrumental in preventing the alleged warlord from getting nominations in 2011. “It was I who prevented him from being given nominations in 2011. I personally spoke to SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena and told him of my suspicions which was how he was prevented from being given nominations,” he said.

The Deputy Minister said that if not for the brutal murder of Estate Superintendent Nimal Perera, and the subsequent media exposure that followed, the reign of terror in the area would have continued. “Yes, what the media reported was true and this would have continued if it was someone else who had been murdered,” he said. He however said that he had no authority to take action against the “politician” who is alleged to have provided cover to ‘Athakota’.

When questioned as to the measures he would be taking against those responsible for the unleashing terror and providing political and police patronage to Champika alias Athakota, Mithrapala said that he was awaiting the results of the ongoing Police investigation. “There is nothing I can do at the moment, I have to wait for the Police report and hope that something comes out of it.”

Mithrapala further said that he would be meeting the President and the Defence Secretary in order to gain compensation for the victims of terror in the Noori area.

Agreeing with journalists, he said that the government should also be held responsible for the atrocities alleged to have taken place in the area. “ Yes it’s a shame that such things could happen in this country in this day and age,” he added.(Sandun A. Jayasekera and Hafeel Farisz)







Pictures and Video by Nisal Baduge

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  • sana Thursday, 22 August 2013 10:47 AM

    maheepala should responsible for these all arrest this terrorist and punish him

    Morhinie Thursday, 22 August 2013 02:38 AM

    What about your goons in Maliboda dear Amithrapala and are you seeking greener pastures here my dear? It's a short way to stardom indeed and may the blessings of everybody be yours!

    Subramanium Thursday, 22 August 2013 02:39 AM

    If a deputy minister make this accuse at last, what would be the decision of SLFP? People in this country are waiting a impartial action.

    Chaaru Thursday, 22 August 2013 11:34 AM

    There are more of these people in the country, doing the same, should clean all palath sabaas. we don't need and can't afford them. he can do that? if he is sincere?

    Ifham Thursday, 22 August 2013 06:09 AM

    The President should immediately ask Maheepala to step down.

    be fair Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:27 AM

    Aiyo Sirisena, This is a minor matter no..........

    Jumbuli-jumba Thursday, 22 August 2013 06:20 AM

    Not only minimum academic qualifications but also retirement age upto 75. Otherwise, these power hunger piliticos will cling on to their portfolios even during their wheel-chair stage.

    be fair Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:28 AM

    Maheepala, Mithrapala............
    What M is going to be

    Ane Anichchan Thursday, 22 August 2013 06:25 AM

    Chief Minister Maheepala Herath will be definitely in hot water.

    Mr Disgusted Thursday, 22 August 2013 06:26 AM

    And an Honourable Citizen had to be murdered by hooligans for "backbones" or "nuts" to stand up. Maheepala should be PUNISHED now.

    No Hope Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:36 AM

    Ministers do not have back or any bones (at least Nuts).

    Mahasonah Thursday, 22 August 2013 06:31 AM

    He's wromg, this is a diaspora international conspiracy! How much you got Mithra Pala?

    nillu Wednesday, 21 August 2013 06:03 PM

    ok now whats going on here

    iranga Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:59 AM

    The guy in the second photo looks like a thug to me..

    themi Wednesday, 21 August 2013 06:38 PM

    not only him their are lots of thugs doing politics this is only a 1 case that revealed.we must introduce minimum requerments to politics at least o/l

    Bumble-bee Thursday, 22 August 2013 06:56 AM

    too many palas, just like the 2000-odd massage palours in the country.

    AZEEZ Thursday, 22 August 2013 10:03 AM

    It looks as if the deputy Minister wasmore keen on retaining his position andperks all this while. He js coming out with all these stories after all the damage was done.He should have resigned in protest at the start instead ofbeing part of the dirty administration!

    Ratavasiya Wednesday, 21 August 2013 06:48 PM

    Hon. Minister - It is too late but you had the backbone and the courage to tell this in public.

    C.Seneveratne Thursday, 22 August 2013 07:21 AM

    Sounds of distance drams

    janmanjanmanj Thursday, 22 August 2013 04:15 AM

    The President tells in every rally that the law is equal to everybody in this country.So where is the rule of law now.May be he did not know what was happening.If he knew how can the Minister still hold his position.You had the courage to bring this to the notice of the people.But we are the Gonmatto,so we go on voting for the same thugs.There are thousands of young educated graduates who can lead this country.But we still have the old thugs who do not even to talk as our representatives.We are the fools.

    saradiyal Thursday, 22 August 2013 10:16 AM

    No point telling public about it, take action to bring the perpetrators to face the justice, not the "justice" given to people like "Kudu D".

    mataraman Thursday, 22 August 2013 07:49 AM

    Hon.Deputy Minister I appreciate your guts to speak thruth. Please be carefull, you will be null nd void very soon.

    Srilankan Jobseeker Thursday, 22 August 2013 04:55 AM

    White Van remember???

    Sapumal Bandara Thursday, 22 August 2013 05:10 AM

    International conspiracy....ha ha haaaaa...........

    silva Thursday, 22 August 2013 10:35 AM

    truth will normally hurt cannot help. tell the truth the whole truth nothing but the truth.

    jagathroshan Thursday, 22 August 2013 01:53 AM

    If you were the IGP,DIG,president or defence secy,you could have done something ,now its quite clear where the buck stops
    .....hats off to dep.minister


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