looking for hidden hand behind Douglas’ killing
By Asif Fuard
The CID in its investigation into Tuesday’s brutal killing
of Inspector Douglas Nimal and his wife at Athurugiriya is trying
to uncover whether the killing could have had any police involvement.
far the detectives have managed to obtain vital clues on the killing
and are trying to trace those who were close associates of the interdicted
Dematagoda police Inspector.
detectives have also recorded statements from IP Douglas’s
family members as he had received several death threats in the past.
IP Douglas and eight other police officers were allegedly framed
of involvement in a narcotics scandal which was later blown out
of proportion by some senior officers.
inspector and the other officers were arrested early this year and
later interdicted. Two months later when the case came up before
the Maligakande Magistrate, the Attorney General discharged the
officers from their narcotics charges as the Colombo Crimes Division
did not have the necessary evidence to file plaint.
Inspector and the eight other police officers were arrested on the
basis of a statement given to the CCD by another suspect who was
wanted for several criminal acts such as drug trafficking and murder.
officers allegedly framed in the drug scam included Inspectors Anura
Silva (Borella), Douglas Nimal (Dematagoda), G. Kalansuriya, Reserve
Sub-Inspector Pushpakumara, Police Constables C. Mervin, S. Kithsiri,
S. Zoysa and A. Jayasinghe.
Inspector Douglas and the other officers being cleared of all charges
against them the police department had upto now failed to reinstate
them in their posts.
have revealed that on Tuesday morning Inspector Douglas who left
home with his wife in his Toyota Town Ace van had been followed
for sometime by a group in another vehicle.
Inspector Douglas came to Pore in Athurugiriya he realized he was
being trailed. It was at this point the unidentified gunmen fired
several rounds at Inspector Douglas’s vehicle resulting in
the vehicle going off the road killing him and his wife.
CID said a Chinese built T-56 rifle was used in the double killing.
The Sunday Times learns that due to an internal dispute in the police
department over the arrest of drug kingpins later led to the arrest
of these officers on thumped up charges by the Colombo Crimes Division
The animosity between these officers and the CCD was brewing for
some time when CCD officers raided the same ‘crime scenes’
where local police officers were involved in undercover operations.
This invariably caused more than a little confusion and eventually
led to a situation where the local undercover operatives were arrested
by CCD officers.
of these officers who were carrying out undercover operations were
asked to make a statement at the CCD on December 28. The officers
were asked to make a statement after a woman named Zulfika from
Dematagoda had implicated them as having links with a drug king-pin
in her area-known as “Kosala”. The woman was a notorious
small-time drug peddler. As soon as the six officers reached the
CCD office in Dematagoda they had been stripped of their uniforms
The Sunday Times learns that this same woman had implicated another
inspector, S. Kalansuriya of the Bambalapitiya Police over another
case and this inspector was interdicted by the Police Department
after the Bribery Commission investigated and found him guilty of
taking bribes. He was later arrested.
drug dealer Kosala had given a statement accusing Inspector Douglas
of receiving Rs. 6,000 a month from him. However questions have
arisen after the CCD failed to arrest Kosala, a wanted man.
Douglas Nimal had helped crackdown a record number of more than
300 drug cases in Colombo last year alone. He had also been the
mastermind behind the crackdown of a heroin haul valued at more
than four million rupees
A week before Inspector Douglas was arrested he had carried out
an operation to bust one of Sri Lanka’s biggest drug lords
“Guna” from the Kimbula Ella area in Modara. He had
apparently succeeded in netting two of Guna’s cronies who
reportedly had two million rupees worth of heroin in their possession.
Sunday Times learns about an incident which had led to a clash between
CCD officers and some of Inspector Douglas’s men during an
operation to track down a drug dealer. Inspector Douglas had been
assigned to arrest drug dealer, “Junda” who had shot
a rival drug dealer’s brother. When the inspector had tried
to arrest Junda who was armed, he had reportedly run towards some
CCD officers who were on a routine patrol.
CCD officers had reportedly not allowed Inspector Douglas to arrest
Junda, who was wanted for drug dealing, robbery and several killings.
The inspector had made a statement against the CCD officers for
obstructing him from carrying out his duties.When the case was taken
up at the Maligakande Magistrate’s Court the Magistrate had
ordered CCD Director Sarath Lugoda to produce the accused ‘Junda’
before Courts. But the Senior Superintendent had told the Courts
that there was no such person in police custody.
caused a grudge against IP Douglas for crossing the path of the
CCD which resulted in him and few others being arrested. His brother
recently gave a statement to the Kaduwela Magistrate that Inspector
Douglas was harassed by the CCD on a number of occasions.
of the officers who were victimized are filing fundamental rights
cases against DIG Pujitha Jayasundara, CCD Director SSP Lugoda,
CCD Officer-in-Charge Inspector Nuwan Wedasingha and Police Chief
Inspectors Association President Chief Inspector Dale Gunarathna
told The Sunday Times that the Association will be having a close
look at the ongoing investigation to see if a competent probe into
the matter was being done by the CID.
could say that IP Douglas was killed because of the inaction of
the police department. The Inspector General of Police should take
steps to reinstate these officers as they have been discharged.
We will be having a close watch and as the Inspectors Association
we will see to it that justice is done,” he said.
soon as IP Douglas was released he complained to the Human Rights
Commission. He also took steps to file a fundamentals rights case.
We hope to see that some justice is done in order to prevent such
occurrences in the future,” Inspector Gunarathna said.