Leel Pathirana, a Follower of the Ruthless Murderer Rohana Wijeweera, Tries equating him to a freedom fighter.

Kithsiri Athulathmudali, Florida, USA

Leel Pathirana's short write up appeared in the Asian Tribune on November 12th 2008 under the title: Death of a Rebel. (I also refer to an article written by Ravi Perera that was published on the "Daily News" web page on November 24th 2008. "Wijeweera-Did he find the Enemy?")I don't think Leel Pathirana hasn't a clue about what happened to Wijeweera or who helped him to get started as a set of terrorist daylight robbers. It also carried a photograph of Wijeweera dressed as the rapist murderer Che Guevara. Today, I don't think Sinhala can be hood-winked to believe; if one dressed like a foreign terrorist, there can be a following. If Leel Pathirana who wrote these four paragraphs thinks so, he is certainly living in the past. May be Somawanse gave him a story and told him to publish.

Probably, Leel Patharina is too young to know how the ruthless murderer Rohana Wijeweera was killed. If I can remember right, Rohana Wijeweera was kicked out of Lumumba University in Moscow, for breaking in to the professor's house or his office and stealing exam questions. He was deported to Sri Lanka. This was the time when Indira Gandhi was looking for a Sinhala person to be trained as a terrorist and will coordinate with the Tamil terrorists. Indira Gandhi was determined to fulfill the death wish of her farther Jwarhalal Nehru. Keep Sri Lanka as an Indian protectorate. She trained and suggested the Sinhala terrorist movement be modeled after Che Guevara. (Remember, non-align nation's leader, the peace around the world advocate. This how India fooled the world while developing the nuclear weapon)

Following is what Leel Pathirana wrote as if he witnessed it: "There is a tall May Flower tree, just by the 8th hole of Colombo Golf Club, (one has to excuse his English, where he puts a coma instead of a period) He was tied to it and shot at dawn. Sergeant of the Ops combine team, Shot him at point blank range, First round his head, Second round to the chest, Then, dragged him to the nearby Borella cemetery, He was alive, breathing still…, They threw him into the oven of the crematorium, burnt him alive, While he tries to say please don't !! Barley raises his arm; Death of the Sinhalese rebel was such…."

This is how this clown, Ravi Perera, living in the past formulate the death of this ruthless murderer. Nom-de-guerre (translated in to English means "War Name") Rohana Wijeweera, met with a violent death while in captivity. The official version of the killing had it that soon after he was captured Wijeweera led a security team to a JVP hideout where a shootout occurred catching him in the cross fire. In the context of that dark era (who created it, may I ask?) the credibility of a story explaining the death of a captive was hardly relevant.

So, there are two versions of how Rohana Wijeweera was put to death. One by Leel Pathirana and the other by Ravi Perera. Some how Ravi Perera does not include names, unlike Leel Pathirana who points the finger to the late general Janake Perera. In my opinion at least, both of them did not know what happened and wanted to glorify this ruthless murderer Wijeweera and his teenage band of killers, of innocent people.

Sinhala did believe this type of writing in 1989, but today every one knows that Rohana Wijweera was a common law criminal and had to be eliminated. In Leel Pathirana's dream world he believes the reader will sallow the thrash he has written. How can a human live after he is shot in the head and then in the chest? Then, how long will it take to drag him from 8th hole of the Colombo Golf Club to the Borella crematorium? After all this, Wijweera was alive and tried to raise his hand say please don't burn me. I will tell you with first hand knowledge what his followers did to two innocent families.

One day JVP murderers arrived at a reasonable wealthy family house, who is the owners of a small rubber plantation. Leader told the female owner that they want to use their house at night to sleep and they were JVP. Brought two diesel cans and said if any of the servants or she calls the police they will kill them and burn the house. Telephone wires were cut. The night passed by and in the morning one of the workmen saw an army truck and flagged it down and told what happened. Army officer advised the workmen to go and do what he was doing and they will see that JVP will not come here again. As darkness fell a car arrived with three males and a female.

What JVP didn't know, was the army solders were waiting for them. As they stepped out of the car solders opened fire and all four were dead instantly. When they searched the car they found the jewelry that was stolen from the house and some other jewelry not belonging to the family. The army couldn't find any money. The car was towed away by the army. What happened to the dead bodies? Well, villages say they saw in a nearby river crocodiles were having a feast. This one, the JVP murders did not get away. In next incident they did get away.

If I can remember right it was the Independence Day that the lion flag (Even today, terrorist of any format, is extremely scared of the LION FLAG. Ref: Q&A with Rambukwella; interview by Dilrukshi Handunnetti. The Sunday Leader November 30th 2008) was to be flown at every tea estate. JVP in the mean time advertised on news papers and on the radio, if any one raised the lion flag, he will be killed. Young estate superintendent did raise the lion flag. Just after mid day three men drove up to him in a small car and shot him at point blank range. Then, told the work men if any one of you go to the police they will be killed the same way. JVP man then said that they will come in the evening to tell how to conduct the funeral. Police was to visit every tea estate in that area at least once a day. So the police arrived 3 hours later and found the man was dead. Police called in the army and they did a sweep but could not find a trace of the car. Army waited overnight in hiding to confront the JVP murders but they never turned up. Army requested the family to have the funeral next day because they did not have the man power to cover that area. Ranjan Wijeratne came to the funeral and told the grieving family the following: I am determine to crush this movement and eliminate its leadership, which he successfully did and paid with his own life. In this incident the JVP murders got away with it.

At that time JVP told the general public, they are killing the rich to get their money so they can distribute it among the poor. Did they? The title for the article by Ravi Perera should have been "Did he distribute the loot among the poor?" and not "Wijeweera - Did he find the enemy?"
At that time editorial writing punks like Ravi Perera was plentiful, filling the editorials with vermin and no support for the military that were determined to crush the JVP murderers. In the fourth paragraph he writes the following: "to read the newspapers of that era, particularly the editorials of intelligent sensitive writers, of which we still had quite a few then, to get an idea of the agony that this country under went". I am glad that Ravi Perera realizes that there are only a few punks like him who gets the center stage to glorify ruthless murderers like Wijeweera and Che Guevara. Why I call Ravi Perera a punk, because he glorifies a set of ruthless murderers attacking a police station and he is reporting it as follows: "In 1971 while the old left parties were partners of the government in the power, his JVP struck. All over the country save the North and the East, (Yes, that was the order Indira Gandhi gave to Wijeweera via Prabhakaran.) youthful bands of rebels launched surprise attacks on police stations and other symbols of the state with a nonchalant bravery" (one of meanings of "nonchalant" I found in the Webster's dictionary is; "unconcern") Here the writer uses this word to state that the murderess teenagers who attacked the police stations couldn't careless if the people who got killed were policemen or incent civilians who went to do normal business at the police station.

Unfortunately these types of writings were the norm of the day at that time period. At that time police were not trained, to handle this type of attacks. They did not have the proper weapons, intelligence gathering mechanisms, or the trained man power. I can remember at that time the police stations had sand bags in front of them they were guarded by untrained set of police offices called auxiliary police. I do not think they knew how to fire a gun.

If Leel Pathirana and Ravi Perera thinks today's police is the same as they were in 1970 ties they are greatly mistaken. Today's police are well organized and equipped with communications technology and the Special Task Force (STF) will respond in minutes if not seconds. Professor Kumar David, a professor of some university in US writing in the opinion column of the Lakbima, and was published in the web page of on October 13th 2008 states the following:
"I envisage a much bigger role for southern Tamils in alliance with radical Sinhalese; the process will take about a year or two to mature but southern Tamils will come out of their shells since the regime is politically bankrupt". And will attack all government, civilian and military establishments. Professor Kumar David, you are living in the past. This is not going to happen. You say the regime is politically bankrupt; let see what the out come of a general election! (Hopefully the security Services will take note of this; there is a Tamil sleeper cell in the South waiting to get activated)

These types of editorial writers are still there, following is a good example: This cow Dilrukshi Handunnetti, is on a question and answer session with minister Rabukwella. An editorial writer, with "The Sunday Leader" who then published it in their web site November 30th 2008, under the heading: "No harm in initiating talks with Pirapharan." Question to Rabukwella; Going back to flag hoisting, are you alienating the minorities by doing so which may appear a victory against a community as opposed to a terrorist group? No government has done so this since 1977 and 1989 when the JVP was crushed in the south. Of course the terrorists are scared of the LION flag, then and now.
Answer Rabukwella gave was way off the mark, and did not state any thing about the Lion flag. I think this cow is spinning a fictitious interview.

This how Hudson Samarasinghe, chairman of the SLBC referred to Prabharaken; a "BLOOD THIRSTY ANIMAL". Published on Asian Tribune web site by Janaka Perera, titled "SLBC Chief Blasts BBC". November 30th2008. I, as a Sinhala American, I applaud Hudson Samarasinghe. It is time for Sinhala to wake up.

The house where Rohana Wijweera was caught had over million rupees worth of jewelry buried in the back yard and what standard of living he was enjoying? If the way Leel Pathirana describes how Rohana Wijweera was killed, burnt alive, then it is a too good away for him. He should have given the SINHALA WAY that was specifically used for such crimes. ULATHIYANAWA, that is to put a spike from the bottom and hit with a sledge hammer on his head, until the spike came out of his head.

How it was published in the news media at that time, if I can remember right is as follows: Wijeweera and the political head of the party, (I cannot remember his name) wanted to confer with each other and requested a room at the police station. When they went in to the room at the police station, both of them had concealed weapons. It was not published how they got the weapons. They had a big argument about the loot, money and jewelry. Then they started to shoot at each other. End of story.

Leel Pathirana doesn't know who arrested him, so the easiest person to point the finger was to late general Janaka Perera. This is how Rohana Wijweera was arrested. It was an army captain and few solders that walked in to a house of a wealthy business person to carryout a search, later to find out that it was Rohana Wijweera. As the captain entered house, Somawanse disguised as a Buddhist monk, walked out of the house from back door. The army captain did not see him leaving the house, but the sergeant saw the Buddhist monk, but he was not sure that the monk came out of that house. In the mean time Somawanse was walking across the rice fields briskly. The sergeant wanted to go after him and question this Buddhist monk but the captain said "we have got the trophy we wanted, why trouble the neighborhood".
How did Somawanse escape to UK? At that time, the street talk was; Pramadase provided a passport and an escape route, before the army could get to him.

Mumbai attack is nothing new to terrorists: Rohana Wijeweera's killers attacked Colombo after arriving on boats. About two years ago Tamil sea Tigers attacked Galle harbor. They arrived in boats. The navy commander at that time lost his position because of negligence. Sea bone attack by terrorists happened in Israel several times. THIS TYPE OF ATTACK IS NEW TO INDIA. WHAT NEXT? AN AIR BONE ATTACK WITH A SIMILAR FLAVOR TO WHAT TAMIL AIR TIGERS DID IN SRI LANKA? Concur no concur; send your comments to Lankaweb.

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