Alleged gangster Madush’s death helps conceals information he revealed to CID about politicians – Opposition
ECONOMYNEXT – Opposition Parliamentarians are warning that the death of alleged drug kingpin known as Makandure Madush in a purported shootout with other gangsters yesterday October 20 may be a precursor to more sinister happenings in the future.
National People’s Power (NPP) Member of Parliament Vijitha Herath said that with the alleged gangster’s death information about several politicians who are said to be “involved in drug racketeering will be concealed.”
Herath and other opposition politicians told the House yesterday October 20, which newspaper reports at the time Madush was deported from Dubai on an Interpol warrant more than 18-months ago had said he had revealed details about 80-politicians involved in drug rackets to the CID.
These reports went un-contradicted in the media they said.
Samagi Jana Balavegaya MP Nalin Bandara pointed out in Parliament that if Madush had been indicted and tried in open court he would have revealed the names of the politicians involved in various crimes and wondered aloud whether the encounter in which the alleged gangster was killed was staged.
“No doubt he should have been punished, but that should be done according to the law,” he said.
“If political opponents and journalists critical of the government are also killed in this manner then we will know,” Bandara said.
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna MP for Badulla Chamara Sampath Dassanayake said the opposition is sympathizing with a drug dealer. “Why are they on his side?” the former Chief Minister of Uva asked.
Madush was in CID custody for one-and-a-half years until he was handed over the Crimes Division a few days ago.
According to police Madush led detectives to a stash of drugs worth LKR220mn in the early hours of yesterday in the Maligakanda area in Colombo.
During the raid, police came under fire by unknown persons and Madush was hit twice in the head. A Constable in the raiding party suffered minor injuries, police reports said. (Colombo, October 21, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana