For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
By Gayan Kumara Weerasinghe
Investigations into missing journalist Pradeep Eknaligoda have come to a sudden halt and suspects detained for questioning have also been released.
Police teams had been able to disclose many important details about Eknaligoda by checking phone lines of suspects who were detained and questioned. On this information, the police detained some suspects from Batticaloa and Polonnaruwa for questioning about the missing journalist, but police sources say that all the suspects have now been released.
Meanwhile, police were able to nab two main suspects; however investigators have not received any further direction to proceed with the case, sources said.
The investigation unit is also surprised that after all the details linked to the Ekneligoda incident were handed over to higher authorities, the investigation has been suddenly brought to a halt.
Meanwhile, last week Cabinet spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told journalists that Eknaligoda was not a journalist but that the government will investigate into his disappearance since he is a citizen of Sri Lanka.