Abductions on rise in Colombo
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 15 February 2012, 22:48 GMT]
An abduction was reported in front of the Court complex on Monday and a body of a male was dumped and burnt near SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa's private residence in Boteju Mawatha in Colombo 05 on Tuesday while the fate of a leading Tamil businessman who was abducted on Saturday still remained in the hands of the abductors who have claimed 100 million rupees ransom from his family.
On Tuesday morning around 9.30 a.m. unknown persons who arrived in a white
van dumped a male body and burnt it in front of SL President's private
Earlier on Monday, an abduction was reported as the victim of the incident was walking out of Court complex. His whereabouts are still unknown.
On Saturday, around 7 armed men who came in a white van abducted the Tamil businessman Ramasamy Prabhakaran.
Hong Kong-based rights watchdog, Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), on Wednesday issued the following statement with details on the abduction of Mr. Ramasamy Prabhakaran:
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been
informed that a man who was tortured and illegally detained
for 28 months was abducted before the Supreme Court could
hear his Fundamental Rights application. The AHRC has in the
past documented similar cases wherein police officials were
directly involved in abducting and murdering torture victims
to deliberately prevent them from testifying before
At 3:30pm on 11 February, 2012, Mr. Ramasamy Prabakaran
was forcibly abducted in the presence of his wife, Shiromi
and their daughter, near their home in Canal Bank Road,
Wellawatte. Prabakaran, who owns Panama Traders, an
electronic shop in Majestic City Complex, is a Tamil of
The Supreme Court was to hear his Fundamental Rights
application on February 13. Please read our comments via our Open
Letter to the Attorney General.
It is reported that the abductors, armed with assault
rifles and shotguns, hid in the immediate vicinity of their
home before they abducted Prabakaran. They took him into
their 'white van' which was waiting nearby before they
hurriedly left towards the direction of Dehiwela.
The abduction happened in open view of the public;
however, none of those who had seen the abduction and plea
of the victim's wife had come to help. The reluctance and
fear of the people to intervene is due, no doubt, to the
widely held belief that these white van abductions are
actually perpetrated by the security forces themselves.
Prabakaran's wife, Shiromi, noted the registration number
of the white van and immediately reported it to the
Wellawatte Police. However, she was told that, "the
number plates were false and the vehicle could not be
The AHRC is of the opinion that the abduction of
Prabakaran was deliberately done to prevent any
possibilities of remedies by way of preventing him from
testifying to the Supreme Court.
In the past, two torture victims were also assassinated.
They are Gerald Perera, who was killed a few days before he
was to give evidence before the Negombo High Court and
Sugath Nishantha Fernando, who was also murdered as he was
pursuing a Fundamental Rights application following the
torture he and his family endured at the hands of the
Like Perera and Fernando, Prabakaran was had also been
illegally arrested, detained and tortured from May 2009
before he was released in September 2011 due to lack of
evidence and all charges against him were dropped. He was
accused of being an LTTE member. In the police custody, he
was interrogated, assaulted and tortured by senior police
After his release, Prabakaran filed a fundamental rights
application at the Supreme Court alleging "unlawful
arrest and detention". The Supreme Court was to hear
his application after it granted leave to proceed. In
addition to his fundamental rights petition, he also filed a
separate motion asking the court to order the police to
unseal the premises of his business, on which the police had
continuously kept sealed despite his acquittal by the court
from the charges filed on him.
In the fundamental rights petition, Prabakaran's
counsels, Romesh de Silva P.C. and K.S. Rathnavel, named
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Vaas Gunawardena,
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Anura Senanayake,
the Inspector General of Police (IGP), and the Attorney
General (AG), and eight others as respondents.
After his release, in March 2011 Prabakaran wrote to the
Secretariat of the Committee against Torture asking for
their intervention and giving details on how he was
arrested, detained and tortured. The full text is below:
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