The late JVP leader Rohana Wijeweera's widow Chitrangani today said she wondered how the JVP was now saying that the party would take care of her family, since the party had failed to look into the well-being of her family for the past 26 years.
The widow and children of the late JVP leader had been asked to vacate the Navy quarters they had been occupying in Welisara on October 1.
Earlier, the party’s general secretary Tilvin Silva said the JVP would continue to provide protection to the family. He said the party had been providing them with their requirements in the past as well and would continue to provide such relief and accommodation in the future.
In an interview with the Lankadeepa newspaper yesterday, Chitrangani said she was condemning statements made by the JVP as all of them were just lies. “We were at the naval headquarters at Welisara for the past 26 years. The JVP didn’t bother to take us out, although they had the chance to do so. Now they are just making these comments for their own benefits,” she said.
“Hereafter I will not shut my mouth, although they managed to shut my mouth and my children during the past 26 years,” she said.
She also said when she requested to send their family overseas few years ago, Tilvin Silva rejected it. “I also requested the same from Nihal Galappatti and Somawansa Amarasinghe, but they too rejected it,” she said.
She also accused the JVP of not requesting an investigation into the death of their former leader Wijeweera and other murdered members of the JVP in 1989. “But now they (JVP) are demanding investigations into the deaths of Tamils in the north,” she accused.
She also said that she tried to contact JVP Leader Anura Kumara almost everyday day since he became the leader of the party. “But he (Anura) didn’t answer my phone knowing that I was calling,” she said.
She said that leaving the Naval quarters at Welisara was upto them to decide as she was going to discuss the matter with the government. “But I am telling the JVP not to make any comment about us anymore as we will solve our problems somehow, as we don’t have any trust on the JVP anymore,” she added.
Mr. Wijeweera’s widow and six children handed themselves over to the Army Headquarters following the assassination of Wijeweera in 1989. The then government assured protection to the family providing protection and shelter at the Naval Quarters in Trincomalee and Welisara. The letter informing the family to vacate the house had been signed by former Navy Commander Admiral Jayantha Perera, following the peaceful situation in the country. (Indika Ramanayake)