The Mission of Truth -4
Aranthalawa massacre marked one of the darkest chapters in Sri
claims no intention of creating hatred among communities by reminding
the horrific past over and over again. However, the massacre of 31
Buddhist Monks (Bhikkus) close to the village of Aranthalawa, in the
Ampara district of Eastern Sri Lanka by LTTE terrorists way back in 1987,
marked one of the darkest chapters in Sri Lankan history.
One might wonder why this
massive inhuman and cruel demonstration against humanity has not been
included in the agendas of international rights groups and Human Rights
champions all over. But instead, they are campaigning against Sri Lankan
government with baseless allegations on crimes against humanity and
The fact remains that,
they are bound to do any dirty works for LTTE's money. We Sri
Lankans have witnessed many of such attempts which has been tarnishing
the Image of our beautiful country the world over.
Even though it is so
hatred to remind the Aranthalawa massacre, even after 24 years, it's
about time for everyone learnt to face the facts of the following story
as described by ven. Hanguranketha Punyasara thera, who was among one of
The time was 7.15 in the
morning of June 2nd 1987. The young monks had just boarded a bus from
the Mahavapi temple with their mentor seated in front and were on their
way on a pilgrimage to Kelaniya temple. Having just passed Nuwaratenna
when they reached Arantalawa the bus driver P. G. Samarapala noticed
some wooden logs placed across the road obstructing their path. Sensing
danger the driver began to turn the bus when all of a sudden a group of
about 20 Tiger terrorists clad in commando military fatigues emerged
from the jungle thicket brandishing swords, knives and machine guns. Two
Tigers boarded the bus and gave the driver orders to drive into a jungle
path. There was pin drop silence until they reached a thick growth of
"Give us all the money you
have', was the order of the Tiger leader. The bus conductor N.V.
Jinadasa surrendered every cent he had. Ven. Indrasara then pleaded
"You'd better kill me but please don't harm these young ones', pointing
to the young pupil monks. Then a thundering voice rent the air, "Wettida"
which means cut them. Instantly a sword fell sharply on the neck of Ven.
Indrasara severing it in two. When the second sword was falling on
Ratnayake, a young monk Punjhasara rushed forward and interceded not to
kill his father. Immediately a shot rang out smashing the young monk's
head. Then two terrorists began to cut and chop the young monks and two
other Tigers began shooting all the monks at random. Howls of pain and
wailings of misery rent the jungle air but all pleadings were of no
In fleeting moments the
bus was drenched with pools of hot young blood of the samaneras who were
like lambs taken to a slaughter house. Some little monks hid under the
seats and very few were left alive to tell the sad story.
So, once again we want our
readers to decide upon the true nature of such motives by rights groups
and HR champions fed by remnants of the LTTE across the world.
To be continued >>
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