Majority of abduction complaints fake
President assures speedy action against genuine cases
Police investigations to some true abduction cases too get delayed
unnecessarily due to majority of false allegations which keep the sleuth
busy, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told a gathering of families of
abducted and disappeared persons at "Temple Trees" on Friday.
"Certain persons with ulterior motives like asylum seekers in foreign
countries and, others become cat's paw of some politicians make
complaints of abduction disappearance and threat giving more work to the
police", he said. After all police cannot go beyond Vavuniya to
investigate some of these cases due to LTTE threats which also heavily
contribute to the delay, President Rajapaksa said.
"These families face many difficulties as the majority of them had
lost the breadwinner", he said.
Abductions and extra judicial killings were reported during the
tenure of former President Ranasinghe Premadasa and former Prime
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, but President Mahinda Rajapaksa is the
only leader who personally met the families of such victims and assured
them redress, Minister Radhakrishnan said.
The President reiterated that the government was bound to protect the
rights of all communities in Sri Lanka. The government or any State
institution do not wish to abduct any civilian, as there is a formal
legal system in operation in the country.
He assured these families that their complaints would be investigated
by the police soon and added that the government has instructed the
police to take speedy action to bring the culprits before the law.
President Rajapaksa who listened to the grievances of wives, children
and parents of 56 families of those who had disappeared or were
abducted, said that the government take people into custody under
Terrorism Act, following detention orders. He said several groups,
including those who deal with terrorists, the underworld and several
other parties, who were trying to get political mileage were involved in
"The government treats all Tamils equally and, Armed Forces and the
police always ensure their security. A special program to protect and
strengthen their security has been launched", he said.
Meanwhile, the President has appointed a committee to look into extra
judicial killings and abductions. The Committee headed by the Minister
of Human Rights and Disaster Management Mahinda Samarasinghe will look
into issues of disappearances and abductions. The committee comprises
Ministers Dr. Rajitha Senaratna, P. Radhakrishnan, Dullas Alahapperuma,
Vasudeva Nanayakara and Puttalam MP K.A Baiz.
"We cannot inform the President about each and every killing and
abduction. We even cannot inform the police and the CID. So we requested
the President to appoint a Committee to look into the matter", Leader of
the Upcountry People's Front (UPPF) and Minister of Community
Development Periasami Chandrasekaran said.
He told the 'Sunday Observer' that those who were abducted or killed
were from the Colombo district and over 117 complaints on disappearances
and abductions have been reported to the UPPF office in Colombo.
Appreciating President Rajapaksa's decision to meet these families
Minister Chandrasekaran said that the President who gave a sympathetic
hearing to these families assured to provide a 24-hour telephone service
to receive complaints on disappearances and abductions.