By Maryam Azwer
TNA MP and publisher of Jaffna-based newspaper Uthayan, Easwarapatham Saravanapavan, said that the results of police investigations into last month’s attack on the Uthayan News Editor “may be fabricated” considering the limited information revealed to the public.
Saravanapavan made this statement following media reports last week that the police had arrested one of the two men suspected to have brutally assaulted Uthayan News Editor Gnanasundaram Kuganathan on July 29.
“They said a suspect has been arrested, and he has also revealed that a lawyer had a hand in it,” said Saravanapavan. “But the Government has not revealed the suspect’s name, or the lawyer’s name, so I feel this may be fabricated,” he said.
Saravanapavan also claimed that “Kuganathan has not been notified of anything.” The police, meanwhile, maintain that no information can be divulged while investigations are going on. “One suspect has been arrested and is in remand custody, and we have identified the next man,” said Police Spokesperson, SP Prishantha Jayakody. “We cannot give you exact information because we are conducting investigations,” he added, when pressed for more details on the involvement of a lawyer who was also allegedly behind the attack. Despite police claims that investigations into the attack are progressing, Uthayan publisher Saravanapavan displayed no faith in these efforts. “I see no results up to now,” he said. “They have not even provided security for Kuganathan. I have been writing to the IGP and DIG but I have received no response yet.”When contacted for a response, Northern Province Senior DIG Gamini Silva said, “We provided security from the hospital to his [Kuganathan’s] residence, but we do not normally provide security for an injured person at their residence.”