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Widow Wants Indian Experts To Investigate Assassination

October 31, 1994 GMT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The widow of a slain opposition politician has appealed for help investigating her husband’s murder from the Indian detectives who probed the similar assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Gamini Dissanayake, the opposition candidate for president, and 53 others were killed Oct. 24 by a suspected Tamil rebel who detonated explosives concealed on her body at an election rally.

The explosion appeared to be similar to the suicide bomb that killed Gandhi at a 1991 election rally in south India. A Tamil woman detonated a belt bomb as she bent to greet Gandhi in the traditional fashion by touching his feet.

Dissanayake’s widow, Srima, asked the Sri Lankan government to seek India’s help, officials said today. Srima Dissanayake has replaced her husband as a candidate in the Nov. 9 election.

Prime Minister Chandrika Kumaratunga, who is Mrs. Dissanayake’s opponent for president, has not taken action on the request.

The government has offered six million rupees ($122,000) as a reward for help in solving the case.

Tamil rebels have been fighting since 1983 for an independent homeland. The war has killed more than 34,000 people.