As the government’s popularity declines, killings are likely to escalate?

As the government’s popularity declines, anti-government killings are likely to escalate. Therefore, all should unite to raise their voices against the killing of suspects in this manner without resorting to legal action. If we remain silent today thinking that the killer was a criminal, the innocent will suffer the same fate tomorrow or after. Then there will be no one to speak for us. For this, it is imperative that all political parties and trade unions to join against these crimes.

Police shot dead two suspected underworld members on May 11th and 13th. The 27-year-old Uru Juva was arrested on 10th on suspicion of involvement in a number of crimes and killed the following day by police. Kosgoda Tharaka was killed when he was taken to show weapons at around 1 am on the 13th. This is not the first time the suspects have been killed in this way and will not be the last. There are reports that the people were happy as the media had reported that the two murdered suspects were members of a vicious underworld gang. Makandure Madush was similarly killed a few months ago at Maligawatte in Colombo. The serious issue is that there is no judicial inquiry into these planned killings. The lack of evidence other than the facts presented by the police in those murders is also a serious problem.

According to the Police these suspects were killed when they tried to assault or injure police officers. As far as we know, a suspect who is usually in custody is handcuffed when he is taken out for any reason. It is unbelievable that such a person in handcuffs would have attacked the police and tried to flee or assault the police when there were a number of armed policemen. Despite such attempts, the police are able to suppress the suspects with minimal force without killing. Failure to do so not only obscures the important evidence that can be obtained from them by killing, but also prevents the exposure of those behind their crimes. If these criminals were led by government strongmen, they would have been killed to prevent such revelations. It is clear that the government is also sponsoring such illegal killings.

At the same time, it was reported on social media that a covid patient had been assaulted by a group including an army officer at a quarantine center in Bindunuwewa, Bandarawela recently. These are not all coincidences. Arrests of critics of the government continue. These are signs that the country is gradually moving towards repressive rule. These are crimes committed by the police and the military. In such a situation during the absence of a state of war, allegations of war crimes committed by the military and police during the last days of the 2009 war cannot be denied in the face of such anti-government poaching. Under normal circumstances, if the suspects in their custody were killed in this manner, we can imagine the fate of the suspects who were arrested during the war and after.

As the government’s popularity declines, anti-government killings are likely to escalate. Therefore, all should unite to raise their voices against the killing of suspects in this manner without resorting to legal action. If we remain silent today thinking that the suspect who was killed a criminal, the innocent will suffer the same fate tomorrow or after. Then there will be no one to speak for us. For this, it is imperative that all political parties and trade unions to join against these crimes.

VICKRAMA MUDUNKOTUWA.