Yes, we killed, JVP stalwart Lalkantha admits
The JVP continued to deny the gruesome atrocities it committed in the
past until recently one of its stalwarts, K.D. Lalkantha said that the
JVP accepts the commission of such crimes.
"It was true that the enemies of a patriotic war were bumped off;
identity cars collected and transformers destroyed, Lalkantha told a
meeting. So far the survivors of thousands of families killed have not
responded. The JVP never admitted its killing hub brazenly attributed
them to the Deshapremi Sanvidanaya led by Keerthi Wijebahu alias Saman
Fernando. It was no secret that this so-called Deshapremi Sanvidanaya
and the JVP were synonymous - a single entity.
By denying responsibility for such atrocities the JVP betrayed those
who sacrificed their previous lives for the sake of the Deshapremi
Sanvidanaya. Both the JVP and the UNP were engaged in the 1988/89
killing spree. The UNP was notorious for its vigilante groups such as
Yellow Cats, Tigers, Cats and so on.
It was a grim situation that the entire country was engulfed in
terror. Under the pretext of socialism and equality, the number of
people massacred was enormous. Though some such incidents came to light
others went completely unnoticed. The newspapers of this terror period
carried spine-chilling headlines such as, "Shot killed head severed",
and two tied to light posts and killed'. The JVP ran its terror by
simply delivering a "note" asking shop-owners to close their
The JVP's barbaric acts of killing innocent people branded as
"traitors" and the shabby treatment meted out their dead bodies are
glaring instances of its mindless savagery.
The UNP too killed its enemies to ensure their political survival at
that time, while the JVP did so to capture power. These so-called JVP
patriots even shot dead the poor farmer who defied their "curfew" by
merely going to his paddy field in the morning.
The JVP's killing list sees no end. According to Lalkantha the
innocent civilians were bumped off as they simply failed to support
their so-called "patriotic struggle".The JVP terror made no difference
whether one was a politician, an artiste or an intellectual. They all
faced the same fate. While waxing eloquent on patriotism and its values,
the JVP forced the members of the Armed Forces to vacate their posts and
later liquidated their families.
As to why those guiltless people such as artiste Premakeerthi de
Alwis, super star Vijaya Kumaratunga and SLBC veteran Thevis Guruge were
killed, nobody knows.
The Vijaya Kumaratunga murder suspect Tusan had been instructed by
the JVP leader who masqueraded as 'Asoka' at the St. Mitchell Hotel
premises, to shoot Vijaya Kumaratunga in such a way as to mutilate his
face, the CD instigation had revealed. So Tarzan succeeded in killing
Vijaya with his first shot and mutilating his face by repeatedly
shooting at the dead body. Wijeweera compared himself to Vijaya
Kumaratunga and became jealous of the latter's beaming visage, it was
Today the JVP is called upon to answer as to why they killed eminent
personalities such as Colombo University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stanley
Wijesundera, State Pharmaceutical Corporation Chairman Dr. Gladys
Jayawardena and others such as Ven. Kotikawatte Saddhatissa Thera, Ven.
Welletota Pannadarsi Thera, Ven. Pohoddaramulle Premaloka Thera,
Sagarika Gomes and Devabandara Senaratne. The JVP keeps mum on these
The UNP and SLFP leaders too fell victim to the JVP bullet. Kalutara
SLFP leader Indrapala Abeyweera, Educational Services Minister Lionel
Jayatilleke and UNP General Secretary Harsha Abeywardena, were only a
few of those silenced by the JVP gun.
The JVP launched its political killing spree by targeting former
Tangalle MP, Jinadasa Weerasinghe. Baddegama MP, Keerthi Abeywickrema
succumbed to his injuries when the JVP exploded a bomb in
Parliament.According to the laws of the modern civilised society, all
murderers should be strictly dealt with according to the law. No
murderer is immuned to law if he openly confesses that he killed people.
This is what Justice Alles who wrote a book on the 1971 JVP
insurrection too held.What is important today is to investigate all
murders committed."Yes - we killed, Lalkantha tells the entire world.
The law remains silent. The Tiger terrorists too would say, "Yes, we
killed, each person who opposed the Tamil liberation struggle was
Whither the law?
Could one repose faith in law any longer?