Former Parliamentarian and General Secretary of Ceylon Workers Alliance S. Sathasivam yesterday lodged a complaint with the Nuwara Eliya Police that he was on several occasions informed over the telephone, by an unidentified person, that he was to be killed and that the conspirators were in consultation with an underworld gang to carry out the killing for a fee of Rs 3 million.
He told Police that the anonymous caller said a prominent up country trade union leader, his associates and some big wigs of private sector plantation companies were secretly hatching the plan to kill him.
Sathasivam attributed this plot to his involvement in the recent plantation sector trade union strike where he fought for a reasonable wage increase for estate workers and for stating his stand on the strike personally and through the media.
He told the Police that in the event of any harm befalling him, the prominent up country trade union leader and his associates should be held responsible. He said an immediate end should be put to this death threat culture spreading to the hill country.
He pointed out that the perpetrators were attempting to create unrest in the up country.
Nuwara Eliya SSP Deshabandu Tennekoon and a special team of Police officers commenced investigations on Sathasivam`s complaint.