Help end abductions
President tells all communities:
COLOMBO: President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday appealed to all
sections of the community to shun petty party politics and rally round
the Government to crush the ongoing conspiracy of abductions for ransom
and extortion from top businessmen in Colombo.
At a meeting with leading businessmen in Colombo, to ascertain the
security situation in the city and the safety of the Muslim business
community at Temple Trees, President Rajapaksa asserted that he would
not permit any harassment to any one community and directed the IGP to
investigate and report at the ‘follow-up’ meeting scheduled for next
Monday with the Defence Secretary.
The President said it is evident that a conspiracy is under way to
create a ‘fear psychosis’ in the minds of the business community, with
the intention of tarnishing the good image and the goodwill of the
Government and for certain parties to capture power prematurely.
All allegations of the so-called abductions and extortions are based
purely on heresy and rumours, mainly originating from overseas by e-mail
and mobile phone. It is an organised campaign which the Government is
obliged to investigate.
“Be assured that there would not be any elections at this juncture.
We will run our full term of office. You can use your free franchise and
elect the party of your choice at the next elections. However, until
then I seek your fullest co-operation and support to nab the culprits.
It is a national cause which warrants the assistance of all concerned.
The Government doesn’t need this money. Trust us and provide us the
required information sans fear,” the President said.
President Rajapaksa pointed out that there are 18 Muslim Ministers,
two Governors and two advisors in his Government who ought to take the
initiative, liaise and communicate with those concerned and even
originate the complaints where necessary.
The President added that they ought to be rational in the process and
explore all possibilities when investigating.
Hotlines to call
President Rajapaksa told the businessmen to appoint their own
committees and provide any information by contacting Assistant Secretary
Deepa Liyanage on 2380792, Fax 4733666 and Mobile Phone 077 3418816 and
SSP Anura Senanayake on 2333496.
He also directed the IGP to provide more vehicles with communication
facilities, to augment the existing fleet.