The Sunday Leader

Unidentified Group Meets Thajudeen’s Uncle

  • While mobile phone data appears to be unavailable…

By Nirmala Kannangara

The vehicle in which Wasim’s body was found. His wallet was found in Kirulapone and his mobile phone was found further away

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has been informed by relatives of the late national rugby player, Wasim Thajudeen, that an unidentified group of men had approached one of Thajudeen’s uncles recently. Fayaz Latheef, the younger maternal uncle of Thajudeen, told The Sunday Leader that the group of men had visited his brother at his office.

Latheef, who accompanied the Thajudeen family to Fort Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, September 10, when the murder case (No: B 849/03/02) was taken up before the Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris, later said that the vehicle details, in which the suspects had come to his brother’s office in search of him, was given to the CID.

Meanwhile, Chief Inspector (Homicide) CID, Ravindra Wimalasiri confirmed to this newspaper that they are now in receipt of the details of the suspects who had come to Thajudeen’s uncle’s office recently. “The alleged suspects had inquired about my brother’s whereabouts and had left after a short while. We suspect this to be foul play and we gave all details of this group to the CID for further investigation,” Latheef added.

Although Latheef was happy about the way the CID and the Attorney General’s Department is conducting the investigation into his nephew’s tragic death, he said that the family is having doubts about Dialog Telecommunication since they had informed that they have the records only for the last three months.

“This is one of the leading telecommunication companies in the country and if they are claiming that they do not have telephone data over three months, it clearly shows that the company is trying to hide some vital information of the last few hours of Wasim Thajudeen’s life,” Latheef said.

Meanwhile, questions have been raised as to why Dialog Telecommunication has stated that they do not have data beyond the last three months when all other telecommunication companies have their records for well over three months. A highly reliable CID official, on condition of anonymity, said that it was news for them when they came to know what Dialog had to say about the data records.

“When all other telecommunication companies store their data for future reference, why cannot the Dialog, said to be having a wider coverage in the country with the most number of customers, keep their data? This has to be investigated as to why the Dialog is saying so and we have a doubt that this company too is trying to hide Thajudeen’s telephone details for unknown reasons,” sources said.

According to sources, there were many cases as well as impending court cases where the Dialog Company has given their full cooperation by providing telephone data relevant to the cases.

“All such details were over three months and if that company could provide data that are more than three months, what made them to say at this most suspicious case that they are unable to provide 2012 telephone data to find out with whom Thajudeen had spoken prior to his death and from whom he had received calls,” sources added.

Meanwhile, appearing for the Attorney General’s Department, the Senior State Counsel Dilan Ratnayake informed court that Thajudeen’s mobile phone has been found from Agarapathana in Nuwara Eliya and it is in pieces and that the investigators believe that it contained vital information.

Ratnayake also requested the court to give an order to the Information Technology (IT) unit of the Moratuwa University to check the phone memory in order to find out whether the data could reveal important information with regard to the former Havelock Sports Club Captain’s mysterious death.

“In the same way Wasim’s wallet was found in Kirulapone, his mobile phone too was found further away and the person who picked it had given it to his son in Nuwara Eliya. The murderers had never thought that these two items would provide more details into the murder. We have suspicions whether Wasim had been assaulted on the road and during the brawl, these two items had fallen off from his pockets or somebody purposely threw away the wallet and the mobile phone from the vehicle. Until the full investigation is over, we cannot ascertain what had actually happened,” Thajudeen’s uncle said.

Contradicting to Thajudeen’s preliminary and interim autopsy reports, the former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer (JMO), in his final report that was submitted to court, had stated that the death was due to disability of limbs, unconsciousness and inhalation of carbon monoxide. The report has further stated that a high level of ethanol was found in Thajudeens blood and that he may have consumed it for two hours before the accident took place. The report also says that although Thajudeen was drunk at the time of his death, even a habitual alcoholic is capable of driving a vehicle after a heavy intake of alcohol.

Prof. Ananda Samarasekera, in his final postmortem report, had further stated that when the fire broke out after the accident, Thajudeen was alive and unconscious, but would have been disabled due to the injuries he had sustained to his head, limbs and the chest and had breathed the carbon monoxide which was the cause of death.

With regard to the head, limb and chest injuries sustained, the former JMO has stated that it is clear that the deceased had been assaulted rigorously.

The report further states thus, “The head injuries could have been due to a severe blow from a blunt weapon while Thajudeen was inside or outside his vehicle. Someone may have pulled him out of the vehicle and had assaulted him, which may have caused fractures to his limbs and the injuries that were caused to Thajudeen’s chest could have been caused with a circular object which may have been pushed against Thajudeen’s chest. However, Prof. Samarasekera, in his final postmortem report which he submitted to court last Thursday, has stated that the death was not due to the injuries he had sustained, but due to inhalation of carbon monoxide.”

Meanwhile, Thajudeen’s uncle refuting the former JMO’s claim that his nephew was drunk at the time of his death and that a high level of ethanol was found in his blood sample, said that the family is highly disturbed to hear such a shocking remark of their relative as none of the family members consume liquor.

“How can the former JMO claim that Thajudeen was drunk at the time of his death? Even the dead are not spared and we want to tell the people that this boy never took a drink as he practiced the religion to the fullest. We Muslims do not consume liquor,” Latheef added.

Meanwhile, the Senior State Counsel Dilan Ratnayake informed the court that the panel of doctors headed by Colombo Chief JMO Dr. Ajith Tennakoon, will be submitting his postmortem report at the next hearing date as he (Dr. Tennakoon) wanted the former JMO to submit his final report to court before him.

Meanwhile, Attorney-at-Law Misbha Sathar, who appeared for the Thajudeen family told The Sunday Leader that it was surprising how the former JMO spoke to the media about a case pending in courts.

“When there is a case pending in court, even a Parliamentarian won’t talk about in parliament. But it was surprising as to how Prof. Samarasekera spoke to the media about this important case and even pointed his finger at the Colombo Additional Magistrate. We know who is advising the former JMO,” the Attorney-at-law said.

He further said that it was surprising how telecommunications service provider Dialog Telecommunication has stated that they do not have space in their servers to store the data for more than three months.

“This is not our issue. It is the duty of the service provider to have date for a longer period,” he said.

The case will be taken up again on October 22.

16 Comments for “Unidentified Group Meets Thajudeen’s Uncle”

  1. Herby Padmaperuma.

    WITH REGARD TO TAJUDEEN’S.STRAGIC MURDER, THOE RESPONSIBLE ARE VERY LEARLY CLEVIDENT AND ARE POWERFUL EDNOUGH STILL TO PLAY FOR TIME. NEVERTHELESS IT IS ALSO CLEAR WHO DID PROLONG AND HIDE EVIDENCE AND WHAT SORID PART DID THE POLICEMAN ANURA
    PLAY. TAJUDEEN WAS TORTURED AND ,PUNISHED ALIVE ON THE ORDERS OF THE PAST POWERFUL SIBLINGS AS “NOMARA MERU” . EVEN IF ALL THE FORCES HIDE THE CASE, THERE IS THE ONE ABOVE WHO WILL PUNISH THE INHUMAN BASTARDS, AS IS ALREADY BY LITTLE BY LITTLE EVDENT..

  2. Chandan Maruthi

    Dialog Board Members and the CEO are known Lap dogs of former strongman. So we must not have any hopes on telephone record history. Threat of a mass boycott of Dialog services may change the situation. B..LS T communication regulator is corrupt and he will look the other way.

    • Mohamed

      Yes we should now consider boycotting this service provider. I had the services from many providers and lately stuck only to Dialog. Now am serious in switching the provider. Dialog has shown that they are not a good corporate citizen.

  3. Cobra

    This clearly implies that some people have suddenly got filthy rich by taking bribes to do a major cover up- by who we all probably know but lets wait and see!

  4. Snowden Edward Asange

    The EX JMO probably was bribed or threatened… now that the uncle says Thaju never took alcohol, this could be verified by his club mates at Havelocks… regardless of the alcohol issue..all this points to murder… saeems theEX JMO is also suggesting the ” wheel like object” to the steering wheel of teh car…Check the impact of the cars knock on the wall… that is evidence…and the evidence from EX DIG.Nimal Leuke would also be important.. this JMO might be adviced by the AG, who seems to be letting many of MARA’s stooges off the hook…

    • shane

      Dr Ananda Samarasekera is an honourable doctor . I hope this mud slinging will stop here . If any body is not sure , let some other JMO give a report which is already in progress. How can the former strong man be so strong now that all his enemies are in power . This is the time any body will come out and give evidence if there is such evidence as this Govt will be in power for the next 5 years . Every father of a dead person will only say good things about his son , it doesn’t mean he knows everything about his son . How come God abiding Muslims are connected with drug mafia, here in Sri Lanka , Pakistan and all over the world ??? This is not about religion , this is about finding the truth , so hope everybody who speculated about who the murderer was and how he died will have the strength to stay calm even if they are proven wrong cos it is only the truth we want , not a political screen play !!!!

  5. Sylvia Haik

    The fact that Thajudeen was assaulted is proof enough that he was murdered and did not die as a result of an accident. The JMO’s report must be held with suspicion as he originally accepted that it was an accident. I wonder why Ethanol and not Alcohol was allegedly present in the body. As a serious athlete and a devout Muslim, I doubt if thajudeen ever drank alcoholic drinks let alone Ethanol. It is possible Ethanol was forced into him during the assault.

    • Colombo citizen

      Former JMO Ananda Samarasekere, Retd. DIG Anura Senanayake were all rewarded by the former King RAja to save his son from the cruel torture and murder of Thajudeen. Now Dialogue has also joined to save the young prince.

      If there is Proper rule of law as claimed by the new govt. investigation into their conduct should be a priority.

      Further, it is not impossible that the victim would been forced with ethanol or alcohol to prove he was drunk and the drink drive caused the accident.

      Most of us think the victim’s limbs would have been severely attacked and he would have been maimed, in other word, murdered without killing to further prove at the time of the accident he was alive and he died of carbondioxide inhalation.

      If this cold blood barbaric musrderers escape the law why it is you cannot do in the country and go scot free.

      We ask all peace loving Sri Lankans to boycot. Dialogue in the interest of the country and justice.

      Dialogue do not contribute to alawlessness in the country.

  6. Lima

    WHY STILL BEATING AROUND THE BUSH , ALL THE SRI LANKA NEWS PAPERS GIVEN THE PROOF OF YOSHITHA , DIG ANURA AND PSD MEN WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF SHIRANTHI’S JEEP KILLED WASIM . FROM THE DAY WASIM KILLED RAJAPAKSA SONS NEVER VISITED THE HOUSE . SEE ALL NEWS. SO WHY ALL THESE DRAMA

  7. punchinilame

    Can all Dialog users send messages asking them to co-operate with the CID or
    pull out as Subscribers.

  8. The former JMO should be investigated and prosecuted if necessary.

  9. Navin

    The CID may have to pull out a couple of finger nails to rectify the record. The A-G too needs to be dealt with.

  10. N.WIJERATNE

    Somebody is paying somebody to take this case to a state of no return.This is exactly what the same people did for many years after his murder-we can see there is a hidden hand in this whole affair-It is obvious its a murder and somebody does not want that to be proved in court.The civil society in this country is WATCHING EVERY MOVE_DIALOG INCLUDED!

  11. gamarala

    He could have been forcefully fed liquor after assault, before his death.

  12. tharu

    If that so we all public have to boycott DIALOG service immediately, in future do not require the service of a such dirty service to this country Dialog

  13. Let’s start a campaign to boycott Dialog.

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