The CID has reopened an investigation into a former Kurunegala district MP’s having aided and abetted a Black Tiger to make an attempt in 2009 on the life of the then president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The politician in question had left the UNP and joined Rajapaksa after the plot came to light following the arrest of the LTTE member by the then western province intelligence director Ravi Seneviratne, presently the senior DIG in charge of the CID.
Following his arrest, the Black Tiger had, on two occasions, tried to commit suicide, by swallowing a cyanide capsule and by injuring himself with a broken bottle.
The plot to assassinate Rajapaksa was exposed in detail by ‘Maragena Merena Koti’, (Suicide Tigers) a book written by ‘Lanka’ and ‘Irudina’ journalist Chaminda Senaratne in 2012.
The introduction for the book was by former Army chief Daya Ratnayake and the afterword by Maj. Gen. Prasanna Silva.
Samitha was quizzed over this plot
It was in connection with this matter that singer Samitha Erandathi Mudunkotuwa was recently summoned to the CID to record a statement.
According to Senaratne’s book, the Black Tiger who was sent on a mission to kill Rajapaksa is Balachandran alias Ismail, a resident of Palaiuttu in Trincomalee.