Feb 14, 2017

Police prevented from arresting accused Navy men! Featured

The political authority and the Navy commander have come in the way of police to enforce a court order and arrest more than 10 Navy men accused in the abduction of 11 youths in Colombo and suburbs nearly 10 years ago, jdslanka.org reports.

Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered their arrest within two weeks, after the lawyer for the attorney general’s department made submissions at a hearing on February 09.

Karannagoda’s men

The suspects include former Navy spokesman Capt. D.K.G. Dassanayake, Lt. Commanders Sampath Munasinghe, Hettiarachchi, Sumith Ranasinghe and Naval ratings Lakshman Udayakumara and K.G.N.G. Wickremasinghe.

Also, the magistrate ordered the AG’s department to report within a month the availability of evidence to arrest former commander Wasantha Karannagoda and several other top Navy officials, a CID official said.

After Sampath Munasinghe was arrested previously on a complaint by Karannagoda, passports, national identity cards and driving licenses of many missing persons were found from his desk.

Armed and coming in a van and motor cycles and claiming them to be from Navy intelligence, a group had abducted the youths and detained them first at Parakrama Navy base at Chaitya Road, Colombo Fort, known as ‘pittu bambuwa’ and then at underground cells in Trincomalee during 2008-09.

Kidnapped for ransom

They youths were identified as Kasturiarachchilage John Reit, Rajiv Naganathan, Pradeep Viswanathan, Mohamed Sajit, Tilakeswaram Ramalingam, Jamaldeen Dilan, Amalan Leon, Roshan Leon, Antony Kasturiarachchi, Kanagaraja Jegan and Mohamed Ali Anwar alias Hajiyar.

A CID ‘B ‘report claims they had been kidnapped for ransom, with money amounting to between Rs. 500,000 and Rs. one million obtained on several occasions.

Evidence show Sampath Munasinghe, Karannagoda’s personal assistant, had led the group involved in the crime, while ex-Navy spokesman and top intelligence official Dassanayake had supervised them.

Another suspect, Hettiarachchi, had been in charge of the Navy facility known as ‘pittu bambuwa.’