(Excerpted From The “Sunday Times” Political Column)
I received credible information that there was a plot to kill me using the help of underworld leader Makandure Madush,” former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa told the Sunday Times in an interview this week
He said he had verified the information from “very reliable channels” and found it to be correct. “Thereafter, I spoke to President Maithripala Sirisena, to restore the original number of my personal security detail.
I told him that it had been halved. Though he agreed to look into the matter, there was no response from him thereafter. This was over one and half months ago”, he added.
Mr Rajapaksa declined to reveal from where he received the information or how he verified it on the grounds that “it would endanger the lives of those who helped me.” He said the attack on him was to be carried out when he attended Courts. Since he was aware that the underworld leader’s attempt, he had taken additional precautions, he said.
Since the media reports about an alleged conspiracy to assassinate both President Sirisena and Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the former Defence Secretary’s telephone has been ringing. Both retired and serving military officials as well as those from the Police have been telephoning him and urging that he take additional precautions and curb his local travel.
Mr Rajapaksa said he had been talking to a minister whom he knew. He had even sent the head of his security details to brief him personally about the threat. “I have now written to the IGP explaining my position,” he said. He said he plans to make a detailed statement to the Police.
Here is his letter to the Police Chief with a copy to the Director, CID:
“I, Nandasena Gotabhaya Rajapakasa, of ………. Mirihana drawing attention ………..on a statement made by Namal Kumarage and broadcast over several media networks, wish to draw the attention of the Sri Lanka police and call for an investigation about the content of the statements.
“I wish to state that I served as the former Secretary of Defence and Urban Development under the Mahinda Rajpaksa government and also I am the brother of former President Rajapaksa. I wish to recall that I provided leadership to the militarily defeat of the world’s deadliest terrorist organisation and also implement the law against drug traffickers and the underworld gangs.
Therefore I state that the probability of becoming a target of those who lead such underworld gangs and drug traffickers are high. I wish to draw attention to the statement by Namal Kumarage that Makandure Madush has given a contract to assassinate me.
“I wish to give below the contents of the statement by Namal Kumarage at the press conference.
“The anti-corrupt front organisation made a disclosure about a conspiracy to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The organisation had lodged a complaint with the Police Commission. An inquiry was made by Ada Derana from the Police Media spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara and it was stated that that the IGP has ordered the Special Investigations Unit to carry out a special inquiry about the statement…………….’
………..by 2020 President Sirisena and Gotabaya Rajapaksa will join hands. They are already together. There is a dispute between the President and the Prime Minister. I was told to use Makandure Madhush, an underworld figure as a last resort closer to 2020. Gotabaya Rajapaksa or Maithripala Sirisena. I asked what should be done specially. I was told do anything. The reason Makandure Madhush has an issue with Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. He also has a problem with Maithripala Sirsena as he is giving leadership in the fight against drugs. Nalaka Silva is supportive of that.”
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“The dangers of the allegations are that a Deputy Inspector General of Police also has been mentioned and I have reasonable belief that my life is under threat.
“Therefore I appeal to conduct an independent inquiry, to take legal action and in view of the concern about my life to provide suitable and more appropriate security to me.”