Maheshwaran killing: Gunman arrested
Police took into custody the gunman who allegedly shot dead UNP
Parliamentarian T. Maheshwaran after he was wounded in the retaliatory
fire of the MP’s bodyguards at the Sivam Kovil, Kotahena last morning.
The suspect identified as a resident of Gurunagar in Jaffna is held
under tight security at the Colombo National hospital, sources said.
A former Minister in the UNP Government, Maheshwaran was shot at by
an unknown gunman at the Sivam Kovil around 10 a.m. He later succumbed
to his injuries at the Intensive Care unit of the Colombo National
One of his bodyguards too died in the shooting while 10 others
including four women and a child were injured.
Maheshwaran was attending customary new year religious rites at the
Kovil when the assassins made their move.
A Defence Ministry official told the Daily News yesterday that the
slain MP had been provided with security in accordance with the number
of security personnel allocated for an MP from outside the North and
Only two security personnel are allocated for MPs outside the North
and East and five security personnel are allocated for MPs from the
North and East.
Maheshwaran was an MP representing the Colombo district.
The MP has been provided with additional security during his visits
to Jaffna. But he has not made any request for additional security for
while he was in Colombo, the official added.
MP T. Maheswaran’s family members mourn at a hospital in
Colombo. Maheshwaran was shot and killed at a Hindu temple last
“The Defence Ministry was not aware of any threat to his life while
he is in Colombo neither he had made any such request”, the official
The Defence Ministry official also pointed out that apart from this
threat assessment, MPs have also been provided with additional security
on their personal request from the President.
MPs like Vajira Abeywardena, John Amaratunga have been provided with
additional security in accordance with the requests they have made to
“Even the two Police Constables providing security to Maheswaran have
firad at the gunman who had shot at the MP when he was coming out of the
Hindu Temple”, the official added.
Director of the Colombo National hospital (Emergency Unit) Dr. Anil
Jasinghe told the Daily News that Maheshwaran who was admitted with
severe gunshot injuries to his chest had died a short while after being
According to Dr. Jasinghe two of the injured were in a critical
condition with severe gun shot injuries.
Born in 1966, Maheswaran first entered Parliament by contesting the
Jaffna District from the UNP at the 2000 General Election.
He was made Minister of Hindu Affairs after being elected once again
at the 2001 poll. At the 2004 elections he contested from the Colombo
District and was re-elected.
At the time of his death he was a member of UNP’s Executive Committee
and was also the district organiser for UNP in Jaffna.
Maheswaran was a vociferous speaker in Parliament and spoke in both
Sinhala and Tamil.
The Police have launched an extensive investigation into the killing
and are looking into how a pistol alleged to be the murder weapon was
found in the Kovil premises.
They are also looking into the motive with several angles being
probed considering that the slain MP was also a prominent businessman.