Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) today said in a statement that the UNHRC in Geneva has focused attention on the recent abduction of a resident in Colombo city.
The UNP communiqué said that Sunil Samaradheera, a resident of Wanathamulla residential area, was abducted recently by an unidentified group since he spoke for the rights of the residents.
Samaradheera led the protests against relocating the dwellers in the shanties of Wanathamulla in government-constructed flats for which they have to pay to the authorities.
He was abducted by an unknown group on Saturday morning and they dropped him on a roadside by evening after holding him for several hours.
The residents of Wanathamulla area held a massive protest blocking the Baseline Road, the main artery to Colombo, demanding his release.
Pointing finger regarding the abduction to the authorities, UNP said that the abduction was a part of the naive state administration and weak diplomatic management which has stuck the government locally as well as internationally.
The police earlier said the abduction appeared to be a staged-managed drama by two politicians from the Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the UNP for political motives.
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.
The residents who have been at loggerheads with the Urban Development Authority (UDA) over vacating their houses say they will not leave their houses.