A senior military official has confessed to interrogating the abducted journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, the first admission by a member of the security forces that the cartoonist was detained.
The sergeant major, who was arrested on Sunday, told CID interrogators that Mr Eknaligoda was questioned on one of his publications and on his alleged connection to former army general Sarath Fonseka, the Daily News reported.
He had said a senior Army officer, a major, who was also at the camp in Girithale, took Mr Eknaligoda away after the interrogation, saying the journalist had to “go somewhere”. The suspect told the CID that he did not receive any news about him thereafter.
According to the sergeant major, a colonel attached to the Girithale army camp was also aware of the cartoonist’s fate. The Daily News quoted highly placed police sources that the CID are conducting investigations to arrest the two army officers.