The CID today (14) arrested Lt. Commander Anil Dhammika Mapa of the Navy on charges of the abduction, extortion and enforced disappearance of a Tamil resident of Kotahena in 2008. Evidence is also being gathered against the suspect for having taken apart a van owned by the missing man and selling same.
Abducted during the period of the war, the Tamil man was kept at Welisara navy camp and questioned. His van was taken apart at the same camp. Then, the parts were taken out of the camp and assembled. The CID has recovered the van.
The Navy officer had also extorted money from the arrested man’s family.
The CID is facing strong opposition from the Navy over the arrest. He is due to be produced before the Colombo magistrate.
A senior Navy official told Lanka News Web that the CID continued to harass war heroes of the Navy. The government should immediately pay attention to this as it will affect the morale of the war heroes, he said.