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.
சிறிலங்கா ஆளும்கட்சியினர் @GGPonnambalam மற்றும் சுகாஷ் விக்னேஸ்வரன் அனந்தி சசிதரன் சாணக்கியன் ஆகியோர் மீது பகிரங்க கொலை அச்சுறுத்தல்!!
துப்பாக்கி எடுத்து இவர்களுக்கு எதிராக நீட்டுவோம் என அறிவிப்பு!!
(SLFP யாழ் மாவட்ட 2 ம் இலக்க வேட்பாளர்) pic.twitter.com/N0qmRagp1q
— Tamil National People's Front (@TnpfOrg) November 27, 2021
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.