Slaying of MP: Eight
While Scotland Yard assistance is being sought
to find the killers of Jaffna Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj,
the Police have also made significant progress in the investigations.
Deputy Inspector General Pujith Jayasundera said
one suspect believed to be closely involved in the killing was arrested
in Wellawatte. On information given by him, seven others were also
He said the arrests were made during cordon-and-search
operations in Wellawatte, Borella, Narahenpita and Cinnamon Gardens
He said the CID was grilling the suspects while
several eyewitnesses had also come forward to give evidence.
CID detectives will seek information from phone
companies such as Sri Lanka Telecom, Dialogue GSM and Mobitel regarding
calls received and taken by Mr. Raviraj on the days before his killing.
Detectives said they had obtained the registration numbers of the
three wheeler and motorbike used in the killing and they were on
the trail of the owners.
They said they were now aware that the motorbike
used for the killing bore the number plate JE 3500. Two people were
involved in the slaying – the rider and the pillion rider.
The detectives have also found that the assassin
had dropped his T-56 assault rifle which was covered in a cricket
bag and his helmet and fled the scene after the shooting. The TNA
MP was leaving his house in Matha Mawatha, off Elvitigala road when
he was shot.
Meanwhile, a Foreign Ministry official said that
on the directions of President Rajapaksa they had told the Sri Lankan
High Commissioner in London to get in touch with Scotland Yard and
explore the possibility of getting some top detectives to assist
in the probe.