Drug baron’s party scandal
Man who ‘forced’ IGP arrested

by Shamindra Ferdinando
A man arrested following the recent raid on the premises of a leading narcotics dealer has now being identified as the person who accompanied the then senior DIG T. E. Anandarajah to the five-star birthday bash of the drug baron’s infant daughter.

The CID is expected to question the man who allegedly forced Anandarajah to attend the party in March last year. Both Anandarajah and the suspect are natives of Kalmunai.

The suspect identified as Udayan first denied any connection but later admitted the drug baron now on the run ordered him to recover the incriminating photographs and the video tape of the birthday party over the phone from his Polgasowita residence. Police found a video tape and photographs of police brass including the IGP who were guests at the birthday bash.

The CID last week recorded the police chief’s statement. They have also questioned officers of the Mulleriyawa police responsible for the detection of over two and half kgs of heron following the arrest of two suspects near IDH. "We’ll also question officers of the police narcotics bureau involved in the raid of the drug baron’s premises," an authoritative officer said. However, all indications are that the police chief was not aware of the background of the man throwing the party or his friend’s deep involvement in the lucrative narcotics trade.

Ironically the story broke out as the police chief was representing the country at the Interpol’s 72 general assembly in Spain where ways and means of tackling the lucrative narcotics trade was among the issues discussed.

The ongoing investigation will also cover the arrested suspect’s and the drug baron’s possible links with the LTTE.

Investigators say that several policemen serving in Colombo, lawyers and businessmen involved in shady deals were present at the party where the music was provided by a leading band.

An authoritative police official said that the police brass had probably attended the party without knowing the background of the host. "There is no doubt that they enjoyed his hospitality but that does not mean that they were in his pay,’’ he said.

This source said that if that was the case, the police bosses wouldn’t want to be seen with him at a hotel. But he agreed that the policemen had been suckered.