First suspect aided, abetted to kill Muthaliph: CID
THE Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probing former Chief of Army Intelligence Lt. Col. T.N. Muthaliph's murder told Colombo Additional Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya yesterday that investigations into the murder had revealed that Indurugolla Vidanaarachchige Sanjeewa, described as a journalist, the first suspect in the killing, had aided and abetted to kill the Army Intelligence chief.
The CID filing a comprehensive report in connection with their investigations said that according to the two suspects arrested by Bandaragama Police earlier, had revealed that Sanjeewa had the knowledge about Muthaliph's killing.
Sanjeewa was produced in court yesterday by Prison authorities under tight security.
The CID said investigations were not completed and moved court to remand the suspects pending the completion of investigations.
The Magistrate remanded the suspects till July 28 and directed Kalutara Prisons authorities to produce the other suspects, now in Kalutara remand prison, before the Colombo Chief Magistrate's Court on the next date. Remanding Sanjeewa till July 28, the Magistrate directed the Prisons authorities to provide maximum security to him while being taken to the remand Prison and Court. Earlier, Bandaragama Police produced six suspects including three women, allegedly involved in the murder before the Horana Magistrate and Additional District Judge B.A.R. Somasinghe and remanded them. The suspects are Armugam Sendil Kumar alias Rajan of Kopay, Rajaratna Seetha Umma of Ratmalana, A.R. Karunaratne alias Anura Desappriya of Ratmalana, Mohamed Anzar alias Mohamed Rizvi of Maligawatte, Fathideva Saroja and Karunaratne Mudiyaselage Shamalee of Welikanda. CID told court they would file plaint against Sendil Kumar alias Rajan, Rajaratnam Saraswathie alias Umma and Athulgeralalage Karunaratne alias Anura. The CID also told court that vital information about the killing had been elicited from the suspects now in remand custody. Lt. Col. Muthaliph was killed on May 31 near the Kirulapone colour lights while he was on his way to attend to an official work. According to the investigations, the suspects in custody are also alleged to have planned to attack the Air Force armoury. The suspects were arrested by Bandaragama Police and handed them over to the CID to conduct further investigations.