Two suspects who are currently in remand in connection with the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda have revealed the name of the ‘authority’ which gave orders to abduct the journalist, authoritative police sources said.
“With this,” they said, “the investigation has reached a major breakthrough.” Police sources added that the two suspects had hinted at the name of a top-notch member of the former government over the incident. They further added that in addition to a statement recorded from the suspects, the CID also gathered scientific evidence to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of the journalist who was abducted in Colombo two days before the Presidential election in 2010.
The CID had arrested 11 members of the military intelligence wing in connection with the investigation. Among them are several members who were previously affiliated with the Karuna faction, led by former Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman.
The investigation teams found evidence to suggest that the journalist had been taken to the Girithale army camp, after his abduction in Colombo. The CID also took some suspects to the Army camp to identify places where the journalist had allegedly been detained. According to Police sources, the investigation teams had received information that the journalist had been detained at the army camp for several days and the intelligence wing members had questioned him over a booklet titled ‘family tree’ and his alleged connections with former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka.