Sacked ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathy Suriyaarachchi yesterday sought the intervention of the Human Rights Commission to order the Defence Secretary and Police Chief to restore their personal security to full strength.
In their petitions, the former ministers said the government had reduced their security to just two personnel and also withdrawn the vehicles since February 9, thus exposing them to possible terrorist attacks.
Addressing journalists, after handing over their petitions, Mr Suriyaarachchi said even government intelligence sources had confirmed that both former ministers were under LTTE threat.
` Some government members are calling us LTTE supporters but we will soon prove who the real traitors are,` Mr. Suriyaarachchi said.
Mr. Samaraweera in his petition said he was under LTTE threat ever since he took office as the Foreign Minister.
`I contributed largely to portray a good image about Sri Lanka internationally and it was during my period as Foreign Minister that the European Union and Canada took steps to ban the LTTE. Thus my life is under serious threat and the national intelligence has constantly informed me that I have become a key target of the Black Tigers.`