Social media have published various views comparing the photograph of the 51 year old father of three from Karadupana area in Kegalle who committed suicide at his residence stating he killed the former Editor of ‘Sunday Leader ‘ Lasantha Wickremetunga and the picture released of a person with a moustache by police artists on 17th February, this year.
Police artists released to the media two pictures drawn on statements recorded from Mr. Lasantha Wickremetunga’s driver and other witnesses and this picture was compared to one Captain Tissa who had been a body guard for retired President Mahinda Rajapaksa and also had served as a driver for the former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa.
Social media mentioned Captain Tissa as a suspect in the murder of popular rugby player Wasim Thajudeen and there were reports that he was detained in a Navy camp in Trincomalee area. However, there is no discussion about Captain Tissa at present.
The CID has begun investigations regarding the Army Intelligence officer who committed suicide yesterday. Ilandarage Jayamanne, the Intelligence Officer, had retired in 2007. However, Lasantha Wickremetunga was murdered on 8th January, 2009. It is revealed that he had also been arrested when the Millennium City residence was raided on suspicion that an armoury had been maintained there.
In the letter written by the Intelligence Officer before he committed suicide he had written that the sergeant of the Intelligence division Ananda Udalagama, who has been arrested on charges of abducting the driver of Lasantha Wickremetunga, detaining him and threatening him with death is a friend and to release him.