Army intelligence not to be questioned in Sivaram killing

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 24 May 2005, 23:03 GMT]
The senior police officer tasked with investigating the abduction and murder last month of Tamil political columnist and military analyst, Dharmeratnam Sivaram, said Tuesday that he would not interview military officials simply on the basis of allegations. Senior Superintendent of Police, Crime Division, Sarath Lugoda, was apathetic over the high profile murder, listeners to his interview by the BBC (Sinhala) service said.

"We have questioned several people and conducting investigations on several directions", SSP Lugoda said.

His force had mainly questioned Mr. Sivaram's friends and those who had connections with him, he said.

Journalists who were with Mr. Sivaram at the time of his abduction and also people who had communicated with him on the day of the assassination were also questioned.

Asked whether Army intelligence personnel were questioned, SSP Lugoda said that though there are public allegations no specific evidence is produced to compel the police to do so.

"It is not possible to question them without information. There are allegations but nobody has come forward with any evidence", he told the BBC.

Mr. Sivaram, was abducted from across a Colombo police station on the night of April 28, 2004 by four men who loitered whilst he was having dinner with journalist friends.

Mr. Sivaram’s body was dumped near the high-security Parliament complex a few hours later. He had been shot in the head with a 9mm pistol.

Anti-LTTE Tamil paramilitaries operating with the assistance of Sri Lankan military intelligence are widely suspected to be responsible for the abduction and Mr. Sivaram’ subsequent murder.

Mr. Sivaram had been a harsh critic of the renegade LTTE commander, Karuna, who defected to the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) after his six-week rebellion against the LTTE was crushed over the Easter weekend last year.

"We could find no clue as yet but continue with our investigations.” SSP Sarath Lugoda, told the BBC.

Investigations are focussed on the vehicle in which Sivaram was abducted and his mobile phone, he added.

Police sources confirmed that although the make of the off-road vehicle into which Mr. Sivaram was abducted is not common in Sri Lanka, SSP Lugoda’s investigators are yet to follow up on registered ones.

The police could not progress on the Mr. Sivaram’s phone, which has been ringing intermittently since the murder, either.

“We are trying to trace the mobile phone and in contact with the phone company, SSP Lugoda told the BBC.

Mobile communication experts say tracing phones is relatively straight forward as phones regularly register themselves with local stations and its movement is automatically logged.


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
20.07.18 22:09   Photo
New Delhi fails to update Jaffna on Palaali airport plans
19.07.18 23:22   Photo
Skulls with bullet-like holes excavated in Mannaar mass grave, women and children among victims
18.07.18 19:21   Photo
Uprooted Mu'l'lik-ku'lam Tamils adopt Ira'nai-theevu approach, enter their lands seized by SL Navy
17.07.18 21:29   Photo
Colombo steps up shadow war against NPC Chief Minister Wigneswaran
16.07.18 22:48   Photo
SL Forest Department seizes agricultural lands of Eezham Tamils in Paduvaan-karai
15.07.18 19:14   Photo
Families of enforced disappeared vehemently oppose OMP sittings in North
14.07.18 19:35  
SL High Court in Vavuniyaa tricked again into postponing hearings on TPP case
13.07.18 23:20   Photo
NPC CM declines participation in Colombo's unilateral task force for so-called Development
12.07.18 12:22   Photo
Genocidal Sri Lanka seizes ancient coastal hamlet of Tamil-speaking aborigines in Trincomalee
11.07.18 18:20  
Collaborationist sections of TNA lose significance, Wigneswaran holds key to unified Tamil polity
10.07.18 21:53  
SL Military Intelligence recommences recruitment of notorious ex-paramilitary operatives
09.07.18 22:30   Photo
Antiquities Ordinance used to justify Sinhalicisation of 48 locations in Mullaiththeevu
08.07.18 19:06   Photo
TNPF protests against Colombo's move to militarise Jaffna Fort
07.07.18 19:56   Photo
SL Police in Champoor blocks remembrance of Tamils massacred by SL military
06.07.18 23:17  
Jaffna University silent to Colombo's pressure, motives behind Fort excavation questioned
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=14979