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Sri Lanka's new IGP hits the ground running

By Our Police Correspondent

Apr 20, 2016 18:10 PM GMT+0530 | 6 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT, Sri Lanka's police arrested one of their own men for allegedly suppressing evidence in the high profile Thajudeen murder within hours of new Inspector-General Pujith Jayasundara assuming duties on Wednesday.

The former Crime OIC of the Narahenpita police station, Inspector Sumith Champika Perera, was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department, the police said in a statement.

"He was arrested on a charge of suppressing evidence in the Thajudeen murder case," the statement said.

The police had earlier claimed that the former Sri Lankan Rugby captain Wasim Thajudeen burnt to death in a road accident at Park Road in May 2012.

After the President Maithripala Sirisena came to power in January last year, police reopened the case and a magistrate had Thajudeen's body exhumed for a fresh autopsy after the initial forensic report appeared to be a cover up.

The couirts have now ruled that Thajudeen did not die in a road accident but in fact had been murdered and that suspects should be arrested.

The then Senior Deputy Inspector-General Anura Senanayake was implicated in a cover up, but investigators said he had closed the case as a road accident with the approval of then IGP N. K. Illangakoon.

Economynext reported in August that an alleged cover-up stretched to the then IGP Illangakoon who retired on April 11. (see stories here:  and )

The latest arrest of the junior-most officer suggests there could be more arrests of now retired senior officers who were a party to a cover up to  protect members of the former ruling family.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's legislator son had denied he was involved in the Thajudeen case.

The sudden police action to revive the Thajudeen case, which had been in limbo pending video analysis of CCTV footage, came after the new IGP's assurances of speedy action to revive the pending high profile cases.

Detectives uncovered evidence suggesting that a Land Rover defender registered in the name of Sri Lanka Red Cross had been used in the abduction and killing of Thajudeen.

Later, it transpired that the Red Cross had "gifted" the vehicle to former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa's Siriliya charity. She had been questioned by the authorities and investigations are still underway. (Colombo/April 20 2016)



  1. LKcricket April 21, 01:38 AM

    Well done But keep continue. Also you must make sure that rule of the country is common for every body irrespective political back ground. You must make sure that you apply the same law to all elite families in our mother land

  2. Lanka12ka4Watch April 20, 11:01 AM

    Very interesting piece of news.The current IGP was a Snr. DIG when Thajudeen was murdered and why was this OIC. who suppressed evidence was not arrested by the former DIG. It should be investigated as to whostopped him doing so.

  3. cheesecake12ka4 April 20, 10:43 AM

    Well done and congratulations New IGP for taking the matter of Wasim Thajudeen case and arrest all the culprits and put them in jail.

  4. Lakshman April 20, 10:09 AM

    Good work.But when will we see the real murderer suspects arrested.

  5. helen April 20, 08:56 AM

    The former IGP was a puppet of the criminal Rajapakse criminal.He covered up most of the crimes.IGP Pujitha Jayasundara please hurry up and arrest all the criminals and put them behind bars

  6. Mahen April 20, 07:37 AM

    Well done, IGP Sir, Good start keep it up. Get all crooks, who talk so much behind bars.

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