Rajitha’s son accused of ‘abducting’ underaged girl

She came to stay with us entirely of her own volition – Rajitha


By Don Asoka Wijewardena 

A 17-year-old Dinithe Aloka Ranasinghe, daughter of businessman Gamini Ranasinghe of Kirulapana was abducted on February 24, 2014 while she was returning home after school and her whereabouts had not been known since then.

Father of the victim, Gamini Ranasinghe, addressing the media yesterday blamed Health and Indigenous Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne’s second son Eksath for the disappearance. He said Minister Senaratne and his family had been intimate friends for a long time before the incident.

Ranasinghe said his daughter had gone to school on Feb. 24 but never returned. Later he came to know that Minister Senaratne’s second son Eksath Ranasinghe (26) had taken his daughter to the official residence of Minister Senaratne.

Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, contacted for comment said that Gamini Ranasinghe’s daughter Dinithe Aloka Ranasinhe had to stay with them as she was forced to help the business activities of Gamini Ranasinghe. "Dinithe came to stay with us voluntarily and did not want to go back to her parents. It is not proper to accuse my second son of abducting her.

"Dinithe has given a statement to the police that she does not want to stay with her parents. I have never used my political power to harass Gamini Ranasinghe’s family. Let him complain to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. I am thinking of instituting legal action against Gamini Ranasinghe, who has given false information to the media," Dr. Senaratne claimed.

Gamini Ranasinghe said that he had made a complaint to the Child Protection Authority about the issue and it gave an order for her to stay with her aunt in Piliyandala, because Dinithe was preparing for GCE O/L examination, but on February 4, 2014 she was again taken by Eksath from her aunt’s house.

Ranasinghe said he had lodged several complaints at the Peliyandala police station and police headquarters about the case but no action had been taken because Minister Senaratne had personally asked the police and the relevant authorities to refrain from taking any action.

Ranasinghe said that he was appealing to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe to intervene in the matter to see that justice was done. He said his family had been in tears for a long time. "I am asking the media to help my family seek justice. I have tried my best to get the help of the police, but it is in vain because of political influence. My family and I have been mentally sick due to absence of my daughter. I hope justice will be done."

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