The killing of a Pradeshiya Sabha Member for Kelaniya very close to the Capital HAS NOT sent shock waves in this Country, now confronted by almost daily litany of gruesome murders. Have we become immune?
When the Chief accused who was caught attempting to leave the country from Bandaranayake International Airport, yesterday and his being a close relative of the parliamentary affairs secretary to a prominent Government Minister, is in itself a huge cause for concern. After all when the President went to the home of the deceased to pay his respects, he was confronted by the local people naming this Minister as the Chief suspect behind the scenes, and a major threat to other elected members who have fallen out with this Minister.
This whole tragedy will be out of the front pages in a few days, the family of the deceased will get no justice, and charges against the accused will be quietly dropped for lack of evidence and the whole matter swept under the carpet. All this due to the indelible mark of association with the said Minister!
Now is that the Justice we are confronted with today? I ask the reader, especially those who defend the current regime. What if you were a brother of the deceased? How would you feel? What recourse do you think you will have under the circumstances, of January 2013, Kelaniya politics Sri Lanka style?
Would you ever wish to seek election to this Pradeshiya Sabha unless you were a close associate of the said Minister? The answers to this question will go a long way in determining the comfort level you will feel on whether Justice will be done in this instance.
It is a mockery of publicity for the President of this country to pay his respects to the family of the deceased at the home of the deceased and view his dead body, when it is a close associate, acolyte of the President who is the most implicated in this murder, and also known to have disagreements with the faction of local politicians of whom the deceased was one.
I cannot for the life of me understand why we take this whole thing calmly, as it is an attitude of not in my back yard, syndrome. When it comes to your back yard, there will be NOONE to help you find Justice. Is that what you want by just ignoring this event? How many more events like this and we certainly have seen a few like this lately, before we actually take to the streets, demonstrate and then fight for the rights of the victims? I appeal to the good sense of people to fight for rights of victims, before you become one.