The SSP said that the police had recovered the camera, but the public believe that all evidence will be wiped out or the government spokesperson will say that the video is not true and actors were in it. This is a normal act by the Rajapakshe government supporters and the police will act according to Rajapakshes order or any police officer stands up to put the law in order will be transferred to remote area saying he is a LTTE supporter.
Uva DIG Roshan Fernando yesterday said the video footage of UPFA Badulla District Parliamentarian Thenuka Vidanagamage, who made death threats to the Deputy Elections Commissioner after the latter videoed the vehicle procession, which violated the election laws was in the possession of the police.
The senior police officer also said that the police had the video footage of the UPFA supporter cum businessman, Kasun Chuty, grabbing the video camera of the Deputy Elections’ Commissioner.
Additional Mahiyangana Magistrate Gamini Rambakenpura yesterday released, on surety bail of Rs. 100,000 each, Government MP for Badulla, Thenuka Vidanagama and his brother former UPFA Uva Provincial Councillor, Anura Vidanagama, arrested yesterday for obstructing and threatening Deputy Commissioner of Elections for Kurunegala, Chaminda Namal Thalangama, who was on special election duty in Mahiyanganaya.
Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that the Mahiyangana police had also arrested Siriwardana Gunawardana de Silva alias Kasun Chuty, the suspect, who grabbed the Deputy Election Commissioner’s video camera with which the official was filming the vehicle parades and processions of the Government supporters in Mahiyangana along with the other main suspects, the MP and his brother.
Additional Magistrate remanded Kasun Chuty till August 11 for robbery, violating the elections laws, obstructing the duty of an election officer and for threatening him.