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News


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 underway.
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 continuously.
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 demanding money.
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 30 years.