|Eastern varsity VC missing
By Anurangi Singh
Police are yet to find a clue into the disappearance of the
Eastern University Vice Chancellor Professor S Raveendranath.
since Friday night although preliminary investigations are
When contacted Dehiwala Police they said that the investigations
and search operations are duly underway.
Professor Raveendranath was reported missing on Friday at around
one in the afternoon. He had been living in Colombo after a
series of death threats received at his office in Baticaloa. It
was reported that he final visit was to attend a lecture at the
Sri Lanka Association of Advancement of Science at Vidya Mawatha,
Colombo 07 (closer to the BMICH).
According to the daughter of Prof Raveendranath he had gone for
the lecture with a driver in his official car. Afterwards he had
called the driver to pick him at around two o’clock in the
evening. Failing to find the professor the driver had called his
mobile phone but it had been switched off by two o’clock. The
response had been the same when his daughter tried calling him
When the family got through to the driver who later explained
what had happened they had immediately made a complaint with the
Dehiwala Police. His daughter had also had spoken the University
Grants Commission chairman Gamini Samaranayake and requested him
to assist on this matter. Up to now the family has not heard
from professor S.Raveendranath nor have they received any calls
Member of the Civil Monitoring Committee on Extra Judicial
Killings, Abductions and Disappearances, Mano Ganeshan said that
these abductions would have come to an end long time before if
the police did investigations properly.
“This is not new. For the last seven days three persons were
abducted and nothing had happened still except for the
preliminary investigations. We have taken this to the highest
authorities as the families of these missing persons complained
to us. If the police did their investigations courageously these
abductions would have not taken place.” said Mano Ganeshan.
Meanwhile several others also went missing in the last seven
days. According to complaints received by the Civil Monitoring
Committee from the respective families of incidents of
abductions of Tamil persons within last seven days three persons
including the professor have been missing.
Maxie Bolton 42, a trader who runs a communication and grocery
at Paramanandarama Mawatha, Kotahena. He had been abducted by
five armed men who posed as CID officers from his business
premises. The abductors had come in a white van. The abduction
had occured on December 9, Saturday at 8 pm.
Thirunavukarasu Puvaneshwaran, aged 55, a trader, was taken from
his business premises by two men who posed as police officers
from Matara police station last Thursday at 11 am.
T.Puvaneshwaran had been doing business in Matara for the last