SLA asked for EPDP weapons over journalist's murder
[TamilNet, Monday, 11 November 2002, 19:13 GMT]
The Jaffna Magistrate Monday directed the Commander of
the Sri Lanka Army to hand over to court all firearms
received from the paramilitary group EPDP under the
provisions of the Ceasefire Agreement between the
Liberation Tigers and Colombo to identify the weapon
allegedly used for murdering journalist Mr. Mylvaganam
Nimalarajan on 19th October 2000.
Sri Lankan Police investigators suspect that the EPDP,
a key ally of President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s
People’s Alliance, murdered the journalist.
Mr. Nimalrajan was very critical of widespread vote
rigging by the EPDP during the general elections of
2000 in Jaffna.
The EPDP handed over part of its armoury to the SLA
under the provisions of the ceasefire agreement
earlier this year. The EPDP is a heavily armed well
financed paramilitary group working with the Sri
Lankan security forces.
The Jaffna Magistrate Mr. R. T.Viknarajah directed the
SLA commander to hand over the weapons turned in by
the EPDP to the Government Analyst to identify the
weapon recovered from the paramilitary group’s office
in Jaffna allegedly used for the murder.
Mr. Viknarajah made this order when the Nimalarajan
murder case was taken up for further inquiry Monday.
The special investigation team of the CID searched the
Jaffna EPDP office on 9 August this year on the order
of the Jaffna Magistrate and seized a 9 mm pistol,
allegedly used for killing the journalist.
However the letter of authority produced by the EPDP
officials in court on an earlier date permitting them
to keep the weapon was for a 7.62 mm calibre weapon
and for not the 9 mm pistol.
When this was brought to the notice of the court
Monday the Magistrate issued an order on the SLA
Commander to hand over all the weapons surrendered by
the EPDP under the Ceasefire Agreement.
The order further stated that the SLA should hand over
all EPDP firearms to the Government Analyst in the
presence of the Fort Magistrate.
The head of the CID special team, which is conducting
inquiry into this case Ranjit de Silva, was present in
Meanwhile the Jaffna Magistrate Monday directed the
Controller of Immigration and Emigration not to issue
passport to the two suspects in the Nimalarajan murder
case without prior permission of the High Court (HC)
and Magistrate court (MC) to leave the island until
the case is completed.
The Jaffna Magistrate made this order when the
Attorney-at-Law Mr.M. Remedius appearing for the
deceased journalist brought to the notice of the court
that the two suspects Visvan alias Visu and Murali
alias Michael Collin who had been enlarged on bail by
the Vavuniya High Court could leave the island
The main suspect in the journalist’s murder, an EPDP
leader known as Napoleon who worked closely with the
Sri Lanka Navy in Jaffna, is believed to have left Sri
Lanka surreptitiously with the assistance of some
powerful sections of the Sri Lankan armed forces.
When questioned by the Magistrate, the two suspects
who were present in court replied that they did not
However the Magistrate issued an order on the
Controller of Immigration and Emigration prohibiting
him from issuing passports to the suspects without the
permission of the High Court and the Magistrate’s
The Jaffna Magistrate further ordered the suspects to
appear in person in the Jaffna Police station twice a
month, first and third Friday to mark their presence.