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* Sri Lanka Police say abduction of Wanathamulla resident was stage-managed for political motives
Tue, Feb 18, 2014, 01:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police say that the abduction of a resident in Wanathamulla on Saturday was stage managed by several politicians for political motives.

Senior Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Anura Senanayake told the media that the abduction of a resident in Wanathamulla on Saturday appeared to be a staged drama by two politicians from the Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the United National Party (UNP).

He explained that sequence of events that took place between the disappearance and the person's sudden appearance indicated that it was an act driven by political interests.

However, the Senior DIG said that he had received directions from Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to conduct an impartial investigation to determine what happened to the abducted person.

A Wanathamulla resident Samaraweera Sunil was reportedly abducted on Saturday morning and residents in the area took to the streets in protest demanding his release. DIG Senanayake during the protest assured the protesters that the police will investigate and find Sunil.

Sunil returned to the Wanathamulla area on Saturday evening and the residents who have been at loggerheads with the Urban Development Authority (UDA) over vacating their houses said they will not leave their houses.

Wanathamulla is one of Colombo's largest shanty areas and the government has undertaken a project to remove the shanties from the capital city as a part of the Colombo metropolitan development program.

The residents in Wanathamulla have objected to the government's move and filed a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition at the Human Rights Commission against the demolition of their houses.

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