Political power struggles & Naval War Heroes in the dock

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By 2017-07-17

BY JANAKA LIYANAARACHCHI

Former Navy media spokesman Commodore D.K.P. Dasanayaka is now in the custody of CID. He is accused of a serious charge of aiding and abetting in the abduction, random searching, and killing of a group of young men during the war.

According to Police reports, the abductions had taken place on 17 September 2008. The first suspect of the crime, Lt. Commodore Sampath Munasinghe is now released on bail. Under his purview, based on information of an informant called Ali Anvar, few youths were abducted at house in Fernando Road, Dehiwala.

The victims were Rajeew Naganathan, Pradeep Wiswanathan, Thilakeswaram Ramalingam, Mohammed Thilan and Mohammed Sajith. They were accused of defrauding money with the help of Thronan Anna who did such to fund the LTTE. They used bogus credit cards for this, according to court reports.

The abducted persons were taken to the Navy headquarters in Chaithya Road, Colombo and they were held from March 2009 to April the same year in the place called Side in the Sri Lanka Naval Academy situated in Naval Dockyard. They disappeared from there.

In the investigations about this incident, five more national identity cards were recovered. Navy reported the number of persons disappeared as 11.

The first complaint in regard of this was lodged by former Navy Commander Rear Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda. He complained to Colombo Crimes Division against his own personal security officer Lt. Commander Sampath Munasinghe on 28 May 2009.

Sampath Munasinghe had been a deserter from the Navy then, and he was arrested by CID and held for a year. On 30 March 2011, CID reported to court that the suspect was connected to the crime.

However, Sampath Munasinghe rejected the charge and said that Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda and D.K.P. Dasanayaka had plotted this charge because they were personally against him.

According to the

B report filed in court, Dasanayaka is accused of three charges. One of them was that he was aware of the abduction but did not act against it. Further, he was the chief of two officials who had been arrested for this crime. The third accused stated that this series of killings took place under the direction of former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda and D.K.P. Dasanayaka.
According to the affidavit filed by D.K.P. Dasanayaka in court in regard to this, he had been training in Korea during the said time; he had been made aware of the abductions. He also declines based on the evidence of the former Naval Commander and other two accused officials that he had been their chief.

Making a lengthy statement before CID on 5 October 2016, former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda logically rejects all charges against him and D.K.P. Dasanayaka.

The examination of the case will expose the culprits of this terrible crime and the politics which was at the bottom of all this. But we have a duty to write about former Navy spokesman D.K.P. Dasanayaka.

He is one of the most brilliant Navy officers of Sri Lanka. He joined the Navy in 1987. D.K.P. Dasayanaka's name is behind the highly successful introduction of small vessels to Sri Lanka Navy. He was also the commander of the Navy ring around Mullaithivu in the final battle. He was responsible for the safety of 13,000 people who entered the cleared areas in about 700 boats in the last few very crucial days in the last battle.

The biggest operation in the history of Navy is the Ocean Power. D.K.P. Dasanayaka was the Deputy Operational Director of this historic operation of destroying the LTTE ships.

Due to D.K.P. Dasanayaka's performances, the Commander of Navy recommended him for a promotion from Lieutenant to Lt. Commander. Dasanayaka is one of the three Navy officers who had been promoted like that due to brilliance in performances.

He was the Navy Media Spokesman during the last phase of war.

Dasanayaka is the only Naval Officer who has appraisal from the President. This service appraisal was given to him by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. He has 10 appraisals from four Navy Commanders. He has won four Ranawickrama medals and the Ranashura medal.

As citizens, we expect a fair trial and punishing the culprits, so that such abhorrent crimes will not recur. We do not want to see political power struggles and fights within the rank and file of the military by opportunists.

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