ECONOMYNEXT – A team of some 30 police officers had inspected the residence of Sri Lanka main opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) MP Harin Fernando June 17 afternoon regarding a suspected gathering during COVID-19 lockdown.
The MP said in an audio statement that his CCTV camera showed policemen, both in uniform and clad in civilian clothing, gathered outside his gate between 1.30 and 2pm.
Three or four police vehicles had also arrived at the scene, as seen in the CCTV footage, he said.
“When I opened the gate and asked what was going on, they said they had received information that a bus full of people were on their way to my place for a meeting,” said Fernando.
He had then invited the officers inside. Later, the Officer in Charge (OIC) had received a phone call and, upon realising that Fernando’s house had not been readied to host a meeting, had walked out.
“I don’t understand what they were trying to do or why they did what they did. Someone might’ve given them a false tip that I was organising a meeting. I have taken a break from politics for two months now due to my surgery,” said Fernando.
The outspoken MP was in the eye of a storm recently regarding a startling allegation he had made in parliament on April 20 about the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings.
A fracas broke out in parliament the next day when government MPs allegedly tried to attack Fernando. A seven-member committee was appointed by the Speaker to investigate the incident. It is not clear what came of this probe.
Fernando was summoned to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on April 23 to record a statement regarding his revelation. His colleague in the SJB said the next day that Fernando was facing imminent arrest. The MP had by then been admitted to a private hospital purportedly over a chest pain.
Police media spokesman Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ajith Rohana was not available for comment. (Colombo/June17/2021)