Hundreds of villagers say this notorious Atha Kota claimed he had the patronage or protection of the Sabaragamuwa Province Chief Minister and his son.
The reign of terror hit national and international headlines when these political killer gangs brutally slew the Noori Estate’s veteran Superintendent Nihal Perera because he, though being 71-years-old, had courageously spoken out and acted against the political crimes. Mr. Perera was beaten up, his body slashed and his mouth cut with a pair of scissors before he was stripped and taken around the estate, apparently as a warning to those who dared to stand up against political thugs and speak out for the rule of law. What happened to the estate superintendent and hundreds of others in Noori Estate, Basnagala and surrounding villages is a shame to the Rajapaksa regime and the whole of Sri Lanka which has been blessed with a culture and civilisation based on the hallowed Buddha Dhamma for more than 2500 years.
With the Deraniyagala mayhem and days of demons continuing,the Officer-in-Charge of the Deraniyagala police station Inspector Tissa Gunathilake who was stationed there during the worst period of the terror, has been transferred. This has been done by the police Special Investigation Unit which has taken charge of the probe while the Police Special Task Force is maintaining security because the area police have been unwilling or unable to do their duty, and the people of the area have lost confidence in them.
The Noori Estate is managed by the Texas-based American company, Walters Bay International and this has prompted the US Embassy to express concern over what is happening in Deraniyagala, the apparent breakdown of the rule of law and inaction of the area police.
Many news items showed the people of the area had written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Prime Minister and the Defence Ministry several years ago pleading that action be taken to stop the terror and horror by these political thugs. But the villagers lament that though they got replies saying action would be taken, as usual it was a case of broken promises as the crisis became worse instead of better.