Nov 18, Colombo: A senior Sri Lanka Police officer handling investigations into high profile crimes such as Navy abductions, assaults on Journalists and murders conducted during the previous regime has been transferred, according to media reports.
Sources from the Police Headquarters have revealed that the Officer-In-Charge of the Organized Crimes Investigation Division of Crimes Investigation Department (CID) Inspector Nishantha Silva, has been transferred with immediate effect.
Inspector Nishantha Silva was investigating high profile cases filed on the abduction and murder of 11 youths by Navy personnel, the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga and assaults on journalists Keith Noyahr, Upali Tennakoon and others.
IP Silva has been purportedly transferred from the Criminal Investigation Department to the normal duties of Negombo division in accordance with service requirements.
IP Nishantha Silva, known as one of the most capable officers, has been involved in the investigations of nearly 60 crimes committed by the LTTE, and made arrests in the cases, the Police say.
A team led by IP Silva conducted the investigations into the high profile case of gang rape and murder of student S. Vithya in Jaffna leading to the arrest of all nine suspects. Jaffna High Court Judge in open court praised Inspector Nishantha Silva for conducting successful investigations into the case and the arrests.
IP Silva also investigated the murder of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickremetunga, and assaults on journalists Upali Tennakoon, Keith Noyahr and Namal Perera leading to the arrests of suspects.
His investigation into the abduction and disappearance of 11 Tamil youths in 2008-2009 resulted in the arrest of several Navy officers. IP Silva was also conducting investigations into the allegation that the Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Ravi Wijegunaratne has abetted the main suspect of the case to flee the country.
Following investigations the CID has informed the court that there is sufficient evidence to arrest Admiral Wijegunaratne.