by Shamindra Ferdinando
The Colombo Crime Division (CCD) wants to question a senior
National Lotteries Board official in connection with the ongoing investigation
into the assassination of SLFP western provincial councillor Namal Gunawardena
"We searched his office and his Attanagalle residence after
obtaining a court order. He continues to evade us," a senior investigator said.
The former provincial councillor was given an influential
position at the National Lotteries Board after the present government took office.
"We want him to report to us," the officer said, adding that
they were in the process of investigating the assassination.
Inquiries revealed that the assassination may have been due to
political rivalry or over a tender over the removal of junk from the Veyangoda
UNP Western Provincial Councillor Lawrence Madiwela yesterday
said that the police should arrest the persons responsible for the assassination.
He said that he recently wrote to President Chandrika Kumaratunga, IGP Chandra
Fernando and the DIG in charge of Western Province (north) urging action on this.
The CCD also recorded the statement of a former PA Gampaha
district MP in this connection. He was questioned twice.
Police declined to comment on speculation that the mastermind
behind the assassination of Colombo High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitiya was
believed to be involved in the assassination of the SLFP Councillor.
Well informed sources said that Gunawardene’s political enemies
(within the same party) appeared to have sought the drug baron’s help to
assassinate the young politician.
"The UNP had nothing to do with this. This is a home and home
match," the sources said.
Namal Gunawardena, widely tipped to be the SLFP’s choice for
Mirigama was shot dead outside the house of an Indian friend living in the
Kollupitiya police area. Initially police investigated the possibility of the high
profile killing being the work of a business rival of the Indian.