Oct 06, 2019

Thenawura, Viyangoda threatened

The two petitioners who filed a case against Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa have received death threats and threatening phone calls.

Artist Chandraguptha Thenawura has told the media that he was threatened with death on the phone as soon as the court order was issued.

“I can confirm that I received two phone calls threatening my life straight after the court verdict was issued. Prior to that, I had to endure a lot of hate speech and profanities,” he said.

He said that he had informed the Prime Minister of the situation.

Thereafter, he said that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) had told him that he could request for security.

“The IGP told me that if my life was in danger and I needed security, to inform him of the matter,” he said.

Thenuwara said that he would take additional measures if the situation escalated.

In addition, the second petitioner, Gamini Viyangoda, said that while he had not received direct death threats, his social media was full of hate speech and calls for his death.

“On social media, I see various persons condemning. Some have said that I should be killed while others have said that I should be made to suffer. This is all because of the court case we filed,” he said.

He went on to say that he had seen a popular singer also attacking him on social media.

- Source - The Morning