The rift between the two groups recently split from the Sri Lanka Marxist party , JVP, took a new turn as the group led by Somawansa Amarasinghe resorted to violence to control the group led by recently sacked party member Wimal Weerawansa.
According to the police sources in Halawatha, a group of JVP Somawansa loyalists has attacked Weerawansa loyalist Somasiri Herath, MP of Puttlam district during midnight. The group of attackers has attempted to abduct the MP who was at his residence at Arachchikattuwa first and having failed to do so, assaulted his driver and forcibly taken his vehicle and some pistol rounds belonging to the MP s personal security, said the sources.
Meanwhile, another Puttlam district JVP dissident Priyankara Dissanayake MP reported to have admitted to the hospital after being attacked by another group of JVP Somawansa loyalists last night. However more information on this incident is not yet available.
Two vehicles belonging to JVP dissident Achala Suranga Jagoda MP and Piyasiri Wijenayake MP were also robbed by an unidentified gang whilst being parked at the official car park at the Parliament last evening. The gang had entered the high security zone exploiting the security lapses and assaulted the policemen on duty and removed the two vehicles, said the sources at the parliament.
Somawansa Amarasinghe, the present leader of the JVP came to Sri Lanka in 2004 after spending years as a political refugee in the UK. He was a close comrade of late JVP leader Rohana Wijeweera who led two failed insurgencies against then governments that had cost over 60,000 lives and caused an irreparable destruction to national economy. Amarasinghe managed to escape to the UK using his close family ties with then ruling UNP government s Minister Sirisena Cooray. Rohana Wijeweera was however killed by the military.