(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Officer-In-Charge of the Organized Crimes Investigation Division of Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Inspector Nishantha Silva, who conducted investigations into a series of high profile crimes committed during the previous Rajapaksa government, has fled the country, state media reported.
It has been reported that Inspector Silva with his family has left the country on a Swiss Air flight without the permission of the Police Department.
Inspector Nishantha Silva served for a number of years under former Director of the Criminal Investigations Department, SSP Shani Abeysekara, who was recently transferred to Galle as the personal assistant to the Galle DIG..
Police Inspector Nishantha Silva was the officer in charge of investigating a number of high profile incidents that led to an outcry in Sri Lanka during the recent past. Among some of his investigations are the abduction of 11 Tamil youth by Navy personnel in 2008-2009 for ransom, murder of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickremetunga and attacks on journalists Keith Noyahr, Upali Tennakoon, rape and murder of Jaffna school girl Vidya, rape and murder of five-year-old Seya Sadewmi and others.