The CID has detailed a special team to track down and record a statement from MTV Channel One News Director Chevan Daniel, CID chief M.G.W.M. Muthubanda told The Sunday Times.However, he declined to give the reasons for CID detailing a team, but other police sources said that it was regarding an interview Mr. Daniel had given to the CNN regarding the January 6 attack on the MTV/MBC station.
The CID team visited the MTV complex at Depanama in Pannipitiya but was told that Mr. Daniel had not come in. Mr. Daniel drew ire from the defence establishment following the CNN interview which was telecast on Wednesday.
Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the interview telecast live on state TV and other channels later in the day drawing reference to the CNN interview said, “Half an hour before I came here I saw someone from Sirasa appearing on CNN saying that a claymore mine was used in the incident (on the MBC/MTV station) and that the government was responsible. He asked if the government could capture Kilinochchi why it couldn’t catch those responsible through investigations”.
Mr. Daniel in his report said it should be “noted that initial investigations revealed that a claymore mine may have been used to destroy our complex.”
“… As you said…, the Sri Lankan government is carrying out a fantastic military offensive against the rebel stronghold in the north and has captured Kilinochchi and Elephant Pass as well, and what really puzzles us is that why the government can’t put forward a similar effort to curb the type of lawlessness that is now rampant in the south, and in particular in Colombo,” the CNN report quoted Mr. Daniel as saying. Meanwhile police yesterday claimed they had got a lead in the investigation on the assassination of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga but would not disclose details.
Police spokesman Ranjith Gunasekara said police teams investigating the case had got details of an individual who might possess information.
“Our police teams probing the case have to question more people. There are no suspects as yet. We also have not found the motive. But our detectives are working on a lead that they have got based on information they had received,” he said. He declined to comment as to what the lead might be.