Senior lawyer confronts CID chief over abduction of client

A senior attorney at law has asked the Director, Criminal Investigations Department whether a man who was abducted on Friday, March 09 from his residence at Mattakkuliya by an unknown group of seven to eight persons is in the custody of any authority and if not whether complaints made regarding the offense and follow up attempts by some individuals to demand through repeated telephone calls a ransom from his wife for his release, are being investigated.

Dr Ranjit Fernando in his letter to the CID Director last week has said he was making moves in the meantime to file a writ of habeas Corpus on behalf of Nadasuriya Arachige Premaratne alias Nawasuda depending on his response.

According to Dr Fernando’s missive to the CID on Friday around midnight seven to eight unknown young men had come in a grey van bearing No: PE 6363, to the victim’s residence inquiring for "Suda"

It said: "Over the last two months there had been three to four visits by unknown persons who had come by vehicle / motorbikes with similar inquiry about "Suda"

"These intruders had broken open the door to the upstair section where the above named resides and forcibly taken him out, bundled him into the van and left. Immediately the Mattakkuliya Police Post which is in close proximately to the residence had been informed and they had made futile attempt to trace the vehicle without success.

"The next morning Saturday the 10th March a formal entry had been made by the wife and relatives of the abducted at Modera Police Station. Thereafter the Police had visited the residence recorded statements etc., During the day and there was no return of "

"On Sunday the 11th March the wife and a relative had visited a "Special Unit" at Dematagoda Police. They had indicated that there had been no legal arrest of the above named by the Police.

"On the same day Sunday the 11th March one Vipula a known resident in Mattakuliya had informed the wife of the above named that he had received a call from an anonymous caller telling him to inform Suda’s wife to give a call to a particular cell phone number given by the caller. Vipula has so done. (this Vipula has made a record of the number of the anonymous caller)

"On the same day 11th March the wife of the above named Suda receives an anonymous call around 8 p.m demanding a ransom of Rs.20 Lakhs if her husband Suda is to be released alive. (caller’s number recorded)

"On Monday 12th March the wife of Suda receives a further two anonymous calls demanding the ransom. (caller’s number recorded)

"On Tuesday 13th March the wife receives four calls inquiring about the ransom demanded and a further threat that the body of her husband Suda will be kept at the door step by midnight if the cash is not brought to "Katupellala Junction" (caller’s number recorded)

"On Tuesday 13th March the happenings of the previous dates had been brought to the notice of the Dematagoda Special Police Unit who had required the wife and Vipula to visit the Special Unit on Wednesday the 14th March for further investigation".

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