Winning wars in luxury
Even if Government and Opposition political party leaders are trading allegations
against each other about the untold hardships faced by the common man,
in the run up to Wednesday's general election, one top man in uniform appears
to be deaf to all this.
Whilst the campaign was under way, he placed an order for a super luxury
Mercedes Benz worth a cool Rs 8.5 million.
Not that he has no official vehicle. In fact, he has several luxury
limousines including a super luxury Benz, one which his predecessor could
not purchase. He was a couple of months short in his tenure of service
to qualify to pay for the vehicle.
That was after the vehicle was used randomly and with great care in
the hope of personal inheritance.
It seems one has to travel in super luxury to win the 18 year long separatist
war. That's the new message.
The pervert's show
A top cop, a smooth talker known for showing off, was booted out to a low
key position and his organisation was disbanded many months ago, over an
incident about which very little was known.
Now comes the details of the story. The man resorted to crude and sadistic
acts with a lady who was reportedly accused of theft. Except to speak of
Coca Cola bottles, what he did and what he said are unprintable and, as
one senior Police officer conceded, goes beyond civilised norms.
One would have thought that the incident has been swept under the carpet.
More so with the showman's capability of convincing priests and politicians
alike on any matter from surveillance to surrender.
It is not to be. Despite the pressures of an election campaign, CID
sleuths have flown down under to pursue the case. The lady victim, shaken
by her horrendous experience, now lives there. The findings will sure reveal
what some sick minds, fortunate enough to hide behind uniforms, could do.
Sniping the plotters
Director, CID Asoka Waidyatilleke, has recorded a statement from Navy Commander,
Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri, during inquiries into an alleged plot to assassinate
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake.
The Premier himself sought the investigation after former Cabinet Minister
S.B. Dissanayake alleged there was a plot and named a sacked Navy sailor
as one of those reportedly involved.
The CID, among other things, is trying to ascertain whether there was
any link between the alleged plot and the transfer of a Navy official from
Vice Admiral Sandagiri's personal staff, after he allegedly obtained 50
rounds of Sniper Rifle ammunition unofficially from the Navy's Special
Boat Squadron in Trincomalee.
Now, Vice Admiral Sandagiri has transferred out the Officer-in-Charge
of the Special Boat Squadron too. Two more Navy officers were due to be
questioned by the CID yesterday.
Out of bounds?
Defence authorities have been vary about a request by the head of a leading
Colombo based diplomatic mission to travel to Trincomalee.
Insiders say a written request has been put on hold until Wednesday's
elections are over.