Abductors demand Rs100 mn to release businessman

By Norman Palihawadana

The abductors of a 42 -year-old Tamil businessman close to his house at Canal Road, Wellawatte on Saturday evening have demanded a ransom of Rs.100 million for his release and the Wellawatte police suspect it to be the work of a Tamil extortion gang.

Ramasamy Prabhakaran was grabbed by a group of seven persons, who came in a white van armed with assault rifles and hand guns.

Ramasamy had earlier filed a fundamental rights violation petition in the Supreme Court citing senior officers of the Colombo Crimes Division as respondents and the case was scheduled to be taken up today. He has asked for Rs. 90 million in damages.

The abductors in a call made to his wife using her husband’s cell phone on Saturday night had demanded Rs. 100 million for his release, the police said.

Wellawatte police said they had begun probing the telephone calls received by the family and a countrywide alert had been sounded for the white van used in the abduction and its occupants. They had also questioned several people in this connection, the police said.

The abduction took place in front of his wife and daughter minutes after the family had returned from the Athurugiriya police station to settle a house dispute with a tenant.

The victim who had been earlier detained for some two years, on allegations that he was linked to the LTTE but was released on September 16 last year for lack of evidence.

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