Police claim allegations by journalist false

The Police claim allegations made by a journalist that he was abducted and tortured, are false.

Police Spokesman Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Ajith Rohana said the journalist had filed a complaint stating that he had been abducted by four unidentified people in Mirigama on 10 March.

He further said he had been tortured over a data chip and had later been released near Maligawatte.

The journalist had also claimed that he had been tortured, sustaining injuries to his hand, and was hospitalised at the National Hospital in Colombo.

DIG Rohana said investigations conducted by the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) had revealed that the allegations were false.

He said CCTV footage has been obtained of the man travelling from Mirigama to Dematagoda in a train at the time he claimed he was released in Maligawatte by the alleged abductors.

The Police Spokesman said further CCTV footage has been obtained showing the man visiting former Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne’s son Chathura Senaratne at his office in Thimbirigasyaya.

The journalist is said to have remained at Chathura Senaratne’s office for three hours during which former Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne had also visited him. He had later been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital.

DIG Rohana said investigations have also revealed that the journalist had caused the injuries himself using an object at his residence in Dambadeniya on the night (9) before the incident.

He said the 62-year-old journalist has been arrested on charges of making a false complaint and will be produced before the Hulftsdorp Magistrate’s Court today (18).

The Police Spokesman said the CCD will record statements from former Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and his son Chathura in connection to the alleged abduction of the journalist.

DIG Rohana said there are reports of multiple attempts on such fake incidents being staged to accuse the Government at a time when the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is meeting in Geneva. (Colombo Gazette)