The remains of former national ruggerite, Wasim Thajudeen were reburied at the Dehiwala Mosque on Friday. This follows the directive given by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to exhume the remains on August 10, as part of the investigation into his death in 2012. Widely suspected to have been killed and then officially construed as a victim of an accident, Thajudeen played for Havelock’s SC.

His death was alleged to have been planned by officials from the former regime, and investigations to this end conducted by Maithripala Sirisena’s Government at one point probed into whether a jeep owned by a NGO chaired by the former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa (Siriliya Foundation) was used to abduct the ruggerite. The government has maintained consistently that the investigation will not be toned down due to political pressure.

It has been noted that former First Lady had allegedly requested Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and he had been firm on the point that investigations will not be interfered with at any cost. Also, it has been alleged that senior officers of the Presidential Security Division (PSD) had discussed about Thajudeen prior to his death. Among other matters, the CID is said to have unearthed telephone conversations, testimonials, and CCTV footage.