The Colombo Telegraph has reported that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which is investigating the abduction of Prageeth Ekneligoda, believes that the reason for the abduction was something other than the fact of his being a journalist. The CID also believes that Ekneligoda’s practice of mailing human ash to Mahinda Rajapaksa was part of a well orchestrated project that was “handsomely funded” to drive fear into the former president.
Moreover, one of the military personnel grilled by the CID has alleged that Ekneligoda was involved in human smuggling and forging documents. Sandhya Ekneligoda, wife of Prageeth, has meanwhile accused a friend of a Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera and the editor of The Colombo Telegraph Uvindu Kurukulasuriya of attempting to derail the investigation into Prageeth’s abduction as per orders given by former president Rajapaksa. In addition, four army personnel have confirmed to the CID that he was in their custody at the army camp in Giritale.