Hettiarachchi Mudiyanselage Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi alias ‘Navy Sampath’ who has a warrant issued by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court for his arrest has been evading arrest.The CID believes that he is in Sri Lanka and is being harboured by certain parties. The CID warns however, that legal action will be taken against anyone found to harbour this fugitive.
The CID is currently investigating the abduction and disappearance of 11 youth and several Navy personnel,including former Navy Spokesman D.K.P. Dassanayake have been arrested in this connection.
Currently, the CID is investigating the abduction and disappearance of 11 youth based on a written complaint by the then Navy Commander Admiral Vasantha Karannagoda to the DIG CID on May 28, 2009 against his personal security officer, then Lt. Commander Nilantha Sampath Munasinghe following which the CID was able to uncover the Navy’s involvement with the abductions.
Those abducted were Kasthuriarachchilage John Rit alias John, Rajiv Naganathan alias Malli, Pradeep Vishvanathan, Tillakeshwaran Ramalingam, Mohomed Sajith, Jamamdeen Dilan, Amalan Leon, Roshan Leon, Antony Kasthuriarachchi, Thyagaraja Jegan and Mohomed Ali Anver alias Hajiya.
Investigations regarding the abductions is being conducted by the Organized crimes investigations unit.
There is speculation that Navy Sampath is still in Sri Lanka and is believed to be in hiding being harboured by parties close to him. But the CID warns that it is an offence to harbor such wanted criminals and if caught they too could face serious legal implications.
Therefore, the Police urge the public to forward any information regarding this suspect to the following numbers: The CID Operations Room: 011-2422176, CID: 011-2320141-145 or the Organised Crimes Investigation Unit: 011-2393621. Hettiarachchi Mudiyanselage Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi alias Navy Sampath was a resident of 54/1, Wellawatte, Wellampitiya bearing National Identity Card number - 770402930 V. He was born on February 9,1977.