A mysterious sword and spear group calling itself the `Therapuththabhaya Balakaya` yesterday claimed responsibility for the killing of senior journalist Dharmaretnam Sivaram and warned that others who did harm to the motherland would face the same fate.
In a grim threatening letter faxed to leading figures in the Centre for Policy Alternatives, the group said enemies of the motherland - including scholars, intellectuals, artistes and media people - would soon become manure for the motherland.
The letter under the name of Senpathi Mayadunna of the group`s Western Province unit said:
`The Announcement To The Enemies Of The Motherland. The attempt by the world imperialists, started in the far off past to take Sri Lanka under their command has not been given up despite the vigorous protest of the anti imperialist patriotic forces.
These infamous imperialist forces that are shuddering in the face of the revolutionary economic uprising of China, Malaysia, Thailand and India, have united themselves with the traitorous Wanni Tigers who are engaged in dividing this country under the guise of a national Liberation struggle, taking the shelter of peace and are advancing step by step to set up a Tamil Eelam. For this purpose the Norwegian white Tigers and UNP green Tigers have got together and showing their dollar bags are building up a flock of Blue Tigers by deceiving the eunuchs in the United Peoples Freedom Alliance. And also a set of traitors in the guise of scholars, intellectuals and artistes are acting as the directors of this heinous sin. The Tiger called Dharmaretnam Sivaram who calls himself a journalist is only one among these enemies of the motherland, engaged in this traitorous conspiracy of destroying the motherland.
It is with a heart full of joy that we are informing the patriotic people of this country that we had to put an end on April 28, 2005, at 11.20 p.m. to the infamous traitorous operation he carried out, defacing and darkening the international face of Sri Lanka, with the help, encouragement and sponsorship of a sinful, traitorous herd, calling themselves media men, born of Sinhala parents. What the traitorous imperialist Wanni Tigers green - white - blue Tigers and those traitorous demons who have joined them licking their dollar bags should know from this is that we are looking at them - eyes wide open, day and night.
It is hereby informed with a strong sense of responsibility that all those who are doing harm to the motherland, while being nourished by the motherland, should be ready to become manure to the motherland very soon.`