Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) leader and Cabinet minister of Livestock and Rural Community Development, Savumiamoorthy Arumugan Ramanathan Thondaman died of a cardiac arrest on Tuesday May 26th 2020. The 55 year old political leader known as Arumugan and Thonda would have celebrated his 56th birthday on May 29th but fate decreed otherwise. Arumugan Thondaman had an accidental fall while walking inside his house numbered 135 on Kumbukgahawatte Mawatte off Parliament road and lost consciousness. Thondaman was immediately taken to the Thalangama hospital but passed away within a few minutes of arrival. It was found that Thonda had succumbed to a massive heart attack.
The sudden demise of Arumugan Thondaman came as a huge shock to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. He immediately rushed to the Thalangama hospital. Thereafter many other political leaders from Govt and opposition ranks also flocked to Thalangama. Mahinda Rajapaksa was visibly upset over Arumugan’s death. The prime minister told the media that minister Thondaman had met him only a few hours earlier.He had spoken about several issues concerning the up country Tamils of recent Indian origin known as “Malaiyahath Thamilar” or Hill Country Tamils. Apparently Arumugan had spent an unusually long time talking about many issues including the 1000 rupee daily wage, housing with Indian aid and problems caused by the COVID -19 pandemic and urged speedy solutions recalled an emotional Mahinda Rajapaksa.