For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Gayan Kumara Weerasingha
The special police team that is conducting inquiries into the attack on the Udayan news editor Gnanasundaram Kuhanadan has made more breakthroughs in their latest investigations, after being tipped off that the contract to carry out the assault had been given to the attackers by a lawyer in the North.
This lawyer who is a resident of Jaffna had initially been a TNA activist for sometime before joining the UPFA.
Having unsuccessfully vied for a district organizer post from the SLFP for the Jaffna district, he had then allegedly given the contract to silence Kuhanadan to a person with links to the newspaper, as Kuhanadan had been castigating the attorney through the publication.
This attorney, it is alleged, had given the contract to Rathnasinham Chandrakumar who is already charged with carrying out 56 murders in the Jaffna district. After giving the contract, the attorney is alleged to have bailed out the suspect who was in for another crime.
Chandrakumar had then sought the help of a garment trader in Chundikulam, Jaffna, before proceeding to plan the attack on the Udayan news editor.
The police subsequently was able to nab not only Rasa Pradeep, the garment seller, but also Chandrakumar. On being questioned by the police the two suspects had confessed to the assault carried out on the Udayan News Editor — and spilled the beans on the lawyer’s involvement in the episode.
“We are currently carrying out inquiries to nail the attorney in question. We are confident of arresting him shortly,” said a police officer in the team that is tasked with tracking down the absconding attorney.