Former Minister Sripathi Sooriyarachchi told parliament yesterday that his life was in danger as a suspicious white van without a number plate was following him during the past few days.
`After Mangala Samaraweera and I were removed from our positions, the security provided to us was also withdrawn on an order from Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. This was done despite the threat to our lives not only from the LTTE but also from some other elements,` he said.
Mr. Sooriyarachchi said it was decided to provide four security personnel to him, and eight to Mr. Samaraweera after they complained about the matter to the Human Rights Commission.
He charged even the two policemen assigned at his residence, had been removed from Wednesday.
`We know this is done only to stop what we say and do in parliament,` he said.
For the first time since his dismissal Mr. Sooriyarachchi disclosed in parliament that he attended a meeting along with Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa to strike the secret deal with the LTTE.
`For the first meeting, I also went with Basil Rajapaksa later, I pulled out of such talks raising objections to some matters,` he said.
Meanwhile, UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekara said there had been complaints about `white vans` used for abducting people and asked why the IGP was not arresting the dangerous trend.