Feb 20, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police will interrogate the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of the Special Crime Investigating Unit of Southern Province in connection with the disappearance of two businessmen in Ratgama, Galle.
The CID Monday arrested Inspector of Police Nishantha de Silva of the Special Investigating Unit of Southern Province over the missing businessmen believed to have been abducted allegedly by a police team.
The businessmen, Manjula Asela Kumara (33) and Rasin Chintaka (31), residents of Ratnaudagama, Boossa have been missing from January 23.
Inspector Nishantha de Silva has told the CID during questioning that he was unaware of the abductions of the two businessmen allegedly taken by the police and has nothing to do with the missing men.
Inspector de Silva after being produced in the Galle Magistrate courts has been ordered to be remanded until February 27.
The officer has said that he had received information that the two businessmen were in possession of firearms.
However, CID investigations have revealed that the two men had no criminal records or complaints in any of the police stations in the Southern Province.
The CID investigations have not found any intelligence reports of them secretly engaged in crimes or had connections with any criminal groups.
However, CID has said that there had been a murder charge against the businessman called Manjula in connection with the death of a businessman in Puttalam.
It is alleged that the Puttalam businessman had been killed on a contract given by a member of the Western Provincial Council about 10 years ago and Manjula Asela and another person had been arrested at the time by Police on suspicion of the murder. At the time of their arrest, they had been working at the Puttalam Army camp as soldiers. The CID has conducted the investigation into the murder.
Manjula Asela was the main witness to prove that the murder was committed on a contract given by the provincial councilor.
The CID suspects a connection between the Puttalam businessman's murder and the disappearance of the two businessmen or a financial dispute.
However, the CID confirmed that except for the murder charge, there are no other criminal charges against Manjula Asela.
Inspector Nishantha de Silva has told the CID that he does not know anything about the abduction and at the time he was in Matara for official duty.
However, the CID has found scientific evidence that not only Inspector de Silva, but also a team of Southern Province Special Crime Investigating Unit were in Rathgama in Galle at the time of the abduction of the two businessmen and they have traveled to Eliyakanda, Matara. Cell phone tower data were among the evidence gathered, the CID sources said.
Based on the evidence obtained, the CID will arrest few more police officers, the sources said. The CID revealed that OIC of the special police unit who is to be questioned today (20) could be among them.