Police search Gen. Ratwatte’s home

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 December 2001, 13:00 GMT]
A special team from the Criminal Investigation Division of the Police in Colombo Friday searched the residence of Sri Lanka’s former Deputy Minister of Defence, Gen. Anuruddha Ratwatte. Police said that the CID was looking for Mr. Lohan Ratwatte, the son of the ex-minister, wanted in connection with the murder of ten Muslims on 5 December. The CID team found a windscreen of a ‘Defender’ Jeep in Gen. Ratwatte house in Mahiyyawa, a suburb of Kandy, in the island’s central province. The SLA’s Defender jeeps were used by Gen. Ratwatte’s men for rigging the polls, intimidating and attacking political opponents, Police sources said. The ex-minister was not present in the house when the CID team from Colombo searched it, Police said.

Two Defender Jeeps used by the gunmen who were involved in the murder of the ten Muslims in Udawalathenne on 5 December were found by the Police on an estate in Rangala in Kandy. The two jeeps were used by Gen. Ratwatte’s security personnel from the SLA’s special forces, Police said.

The Teldeniya court in the Kandy district issued a warrant this week for the arrest of Gen. Ratwatte’s son, one of the suspects wanted in connection with the murder of ten supporters of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress on the day of the general elections.

The UNP and the SLMC have called on the Police to arrest Gen. Ratwatte for the killings and widespread violence and rigging during the general elections campaign. Gen. Ratwatte and his three sons were allegedly involved in widespread violence and rigging during the general elections in October 2000.

 

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