The National Police Commission (NPC) has called for a report on CID Chief SSP Prasanna Alwis, from Acting IGP C.D Wickramaratne.
According to sources, the report has been called following a letter sent to the NPC by the daughter of slain Journalist Lasantha Wickramatunge’s daughter, Ahimsa Wickrematunge. In her letter, she had requested the NPC to remove the Director of the CID, due to his involvement in the cover-up of her father’s killing.
Ahimsa in her letter noted how in October 2019, the CID reported to the Mount Lavinia Magistrates Court that in 2010, the then Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID), SSP A.R. Prasanna J. Alwis, had suppressed evidence and shielded suspects accused of assassinating Lasantha Wickramatunge. She also noted that the CID was ordered by the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) C.D. Wickremaratne to arrest Alwis and produce him before the magistrate.
However, she accused the Acting IGP of suddenly changing his mind after the Presidential election pointing out that SSP Alwis was never arrested or produced before courts and had instead, on May 21, 2020, appointed as the new CID Director. “Months after ordering his arrest as a murder suspect, Mr Wickremaratne tricked the commission into putting SSP Alwis in charge of the CID,” she said in the letter.
“I request that the NPC urgently take steps to remove SSP Alwis from any role at the CID and to ensure that the CID arrests Alwis and produces him before the court. I also urge the Commission to seek an explanation from Mr Wickremaratne over his role in aiding SSP Alwis to evade arrest and become head of the CID” she said.
Lasantha Wickramatunge was killed on January 8, 2009. He was the founder of The Sunday Leader and Leader Publications and was a known critic of the Rajapaksa regime. Four armed assassins riding motorcycles now believed to be from the government security forces had blocked Wickrematunge's vehicle before breaking open his window and shooting him.