Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Sri Lankan police deny abduction of former LTTE cadre

Sri Lankan police have denied abducting a former LTTE cadre at gunpoint in Trincomalee, claiming instead that the abduction was an arrest for which police had a warrant.

On Tuesday, 39-year-old Manoharadas Subas was forced into a vehicle at gunpoint by unknown persons who said that he was being taken to the Uppuveli police station. Subas’s family went to the Uppuveli police station but were told that no police officers there had any involvement in the incident.

Police Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa denied the abduction and told The Morning “That was not an abduction. Protocol was followed and a warrant was issued for the arrest of Subhash by the Colombo Crime Division (CCD). He was arrested on suspicion over the ongoing Narahenpita hospital hand grenade investigations.”

Former Human Rights Commission (HRCSL) commissioner Ambika Satkunanathan questioned the police response, asking why the police had not identified themselves properly, stated the reason for arrest or where they were taking him, or issued an arrest receipt.

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.

For more ways to donate visit https://donate.tamilguardian.com.