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SLFP member makes death threats against leading Tamil politicians for commemorating LTTE fighters

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member, Arun Siddharthan, has made death threats against leading Tamil politicians for paying tribute to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader, V. Prabhakaran, and fallen freedom fighters, during a press conference this week. 

“We stand against people, such as [Kanagaratnam] Sugash, [Gajen] Ponnambalam, Ananthy Sasitharan, Wigneswaran and Shanakiyan, who outspokenly honour Prabhakaran and LTTE fighters as ‘Maaveerar Gods’,” said Arun. “It is against these people whom we will need to point our guns at,” he added aggressively. 

Arun, who was a candidate under the Angajan Ramanathan-led SLFP for the August 2020 parliamentary election, presided over SLFP’s ‘Independence Day’ rally which protested against a separate state whilst the ‘Pottuvil to Polikandi’ (P2P) were taking place in February 2021. 

He is also associated with the notorious Ava gang. During an interview with Ada Derana on 8 February 2019, Arun publicly admitted to being a member of the Ava gang. The gang is infamous for committing illegal acts, including theft, murders and assault, in the North of Sri Lanka. 

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