Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle and 12 others killed in TAMIL TIGER Terrorist suicide bomb attack
Sinna Manni | 07 Apr 2008


LTTE terrorists have exploded a bomb targeting a road marathon organized in

the Weliweriaya town around 7.30 this morning.

Minister of Highways and Road Development Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, who was the

chief guest to the occasion along with many civilians was reported killed in

the cowardly bomb attack. According to latest reports received, at least 12

people were killed and over 50 injured in the explosion.

K.A Karunarathne is also said to be among the dead who was a former national

and South Asian marathon gold medalist.

The bomb has been exploded just before the Minister declared the start of

the marathon at the Kanthi play ground, in Weliweriaya, corresponding with a

'Hindu-Sinhala New Year' event.

Meanwhile, Gampaha Division SSP Hector Dharmasiri was also seriously injured

and admitted to the General Hospital at Gampaha. Gampaha Hospital sources,

speaking to defence.lk said that over 90 people were admitted with serious

injuries. 3 civilians were also admitted to the general hospital at Ragama

and one was reported in critical condition, according to Ragama hospital


Minister Jeyaraj was a politician who represented the parliament from the

Sri Lanka Freedom Party since 1983. A lawyer by profession, Minister Jeyaraj

was a fluent speaker in Sinhalese, Tamil and English languages. Being a

faithful catholic the Minister expressed his concerns over LTTE's occupation

of scared Madhu church and the removal of the Madhu statue.

During his career, Minister Jeyaraj has held the many ministerial portfolios

including, the Minster of Catholic Affairs, Minister of Ethnic Concession

and National Unity, Minister of Port and Aviation, and Minister of Road

Development. He was 55 years old and a father of two children. He had also

been appointed the UPFA organizer for the Trincomalee District for the

forthcoming provincial council elections in the East.

LTTE is a ruthless terrorist outfit notorious for crimes against innocent

civilians. In its pursuit for a mono ethnic separate homeland for Tamils,

the outfit has killed and maimed over tens and innocent children, Tamil and

Sinhalese political leaders in indiscriminate bomb attacks. FBI in a recent

report called LTTE the most dangerous terrorist outfit in the world.