Posted on 11.22.2018 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
The sudden transfer of an Inspector of Police who lead the investigations into the disappearances of media personnel and people being kidnapped to take ransom is suspected as an alleged attempt to cover up crimes of Rajapakshe regime.
Police Inspector, Nishantha Silva, who led the investigations regarding the killings of senior journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga and on other incidents of harassing journalists critical of Rajapaksha have recently been transferred under the orders given by the the president.
Police Inspector as the OIC of the CID division conduct group robberies have involved in many cases where members of the Rajapakse family and president’s close associate defense staff officer allegedly involved in disappearances of 11 individuals are linked. Police Inspector investigate into Defense Staff Officer, Ravindra Wijegunarathne, who has been suspected to be involved in disappearances of eleven youth in Colombo.
This is investigation is the main reason for Nishantha Silva’s transfer to Negombo division carry out normal duties. Court orders to arrest the defense staff officer also has been blocked by the president’s intervention. Media has revealed president’s dissent regarding the court order at the defense committee.
Investigations involving defense staff officer and the navy men going back to the crimes committed in Rajapakshe time and transfer of Police officer has effectively inactivate and held up the entire investigation process. Political circles believe actions to halt investigations against Rajapakshe is part of the political deal with the president.
Police department had been attached to Defense ministry under the special gazette notification on the 5th of November, which was under the ministry of Internal Affairs earlier. This will make the National Police Commission ineffective as an independent commission.