The OIC of the Southern Province special crime investigating unit will be grilled today by Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers in connection with the alleged abduction of two businessmen in Ratgama, Galle. Deputy Officer in charge of the Southern Province Special Investigation Unit, Inspector Nishantha De Silva was arrested yesterday in connection with the alleged abduction of the two businessmen who have gone missing since January 23.

Silva after being produced in the Galle Magistrate courts has been ordered to be remanded until February 27. Silva during interrogations by CID has denied any involvement over the disappearance of the two businessmen. Sources said that he had told the CID that he had received information that the two businessmen had illegal firearms in their possession. The CID in their probe has not collected any evidence to prove that the victim businessmen, Manjula Asela Kumara (33) and Rasin Chintaka (31), residents of Ratnaudagama, Boossa had firearms in their possession.It has also been revealed that there have been no complaints lodged against the duo in any of the Police stations in the southern province.

However, CID sources say there had been a murder charge against the businessman called Manjula in connection with the death of a businessman in Puttalam. It is alleged that the Puttalam businessman had been killed on a contract given by a member of the Western Provincial Council about 10 years back and Manjula Asela and another person had been arrested at the time by Police on suspicion of the murder.

At the time the duo had been working at the Puttalam Army camp. The CID is also investigating whether there is link between the Puttalam businessman’s murder and the disappearance of the two businessmen.

The CID has allegedly uncovered details that a Police team from the Southern special investigation unit was in Rathgama area on the day when the two businessmen went missing.

They are currently probing phone call details and several other evidence unearthed during investigations.

The CID is probing whether speculation that the two businessmen were allegedly abducted by a group of Police officers wielding arms on January 22, citing that they were required for an investigation is true.


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