He was giving evidence before the high court trial-at-bar, comprising judges Balendran Sashi Mahendran, Manikkawasagar Ilancheliyan and Annalingam Paramashankar.
The police officer said the attempt to implicate the Navy was based on the location of a Navy camp two kilometres away from the crime scene.
He also said the investigators found the girl’s spectacles, wrapped with an old pair of trousers, from the home of the sixth suspect.
When the suspects were being detained at Vavuniya Prison, a person identifying himself as Ifthap had telephoned and offered a Rs. 20 million bribe to make the fourth and the ninth suspects witnesses of the state, he also said.
The nine suspects – Pubalasingham Indrakumar, Pubalasingham Jeyakumar, Pubalasingham Thawakkumar, Mahalingam Sashitharan, Thillenathan Chandrahasan, Sivadevan Dushanth, Palani Rupasingham Kugadasan, Jeyatharan Kokilan and Mahalingam Shashidaran – were produced at the hearing.