By Harischandra Gunaratna and Dhammika Salawathura
Leader of Pivithuru Hela Urumaya, Udaya Gammanpila yesterday said that leader of the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampandan and some members of his party who threatened national security recently by trying to forcibly enter the army’s Gajaba detachment in Paravipachchan in Killinochchi and threatened the officers and thus obstructed their duties had not been arrested, though a complaint had been lodged with the police by the army.
Addressing a news conference at the Dr N.M. Perera Centre at Borella, Gammanpila said “This should be nipped in the bud before it reaches alarming proportions.”
He said IGP Pujith Jayasundara when assuming duties said that he would be impartial in his duties and “It remains to be seen how the IGP will act on the complaint lodged by the army against the TNA leader.”
“I challenge the IGP to arrest Sampandan and others if he had a backbone,” Gammanpila said.
The UPFA parliamentarian said that the government had become a proxy of the Tigers and it was challenging our party to hold a massive rally on the May Day.
“We will go ahead with our May Day Rally as planned and will not stop it whoever attempts to scuttle it,” Gammanpila said.
Earlier the PHU was granted permission to hold the May Day Rally at the Shalika grounds which belongs to the SLTB and now the SLTB has withdrawn it, But we will go on as planned, he said.