Tamil Diplomat

Pillayan linked to the murder of Raviraj

The Criminal Investigation Department officials investigating the murder of TNA Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj have linked Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan’s name to the murder.

CID sleuths have sought Swiss assistance to arrest the main suspect in the murder named Charan who is said to be a close ally of former Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan also known as Pillayan. Reports Ceylon Daily News.

Charan is living in Switzerland, the officials said. The CID official said that the weapon used to kill former parliamentarian Raviraj has reached the killer through a Colonel.

The sources said that the colonel was arrested on suspicion over the abduction and murder of Prageeth Ekneligoda too .

The colonel had given that weapon to the former Chief Minister Pillayan who in turn passed it to Charan.  Daily News reports as quoted by a  CID official on condition of anonymity.

” We have received information that Charan has given that weapon to a navy personnel who allegedly killed parliamentarian Raviraj,”he said.  He also said a Police constable had given protection to this sailor.

Currently both of them are in police custody.

According to the sources four people have been taken into custody so far over the murder of Raviraj and two of them have agreed to become state witnesses. The CID bared the information with regard to the Pillayan’s alleged links to the murder of MP Raviraj during the interrogation of Edwin Silva Krishnanandaraja alias Pradeep Master and Rangasami Kanaganayagam alias ‘Gajan Maamaa’ over the Pararajasingham assassination.

These two suspects were taken into custody earlier.

They were detained on a 90 day detention order issued under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

Apparently during interrogation, they introduced Pillayan as their “boss” at the time Pararajasingham was killed. Both Pradeep Master and Gajan Maamaa are estranged from Pillayan now.