The Sunday Leader

Police Deny ‘White Van’ Allegations

The police have denied claims that the ‘white van’ culture is back and that people are being abducted by the security forces.

Former police spokesman Ajith Rohana, who has been authorized to speak to the media following the suspension of the police media unit, told The Sunday Leader that some people have been arrested using legal means to be questioned on criminal matters.

He said there have not been any reports to indicate that unlawful arrests or abductions by government agencies are taking place.

Minister of Public Administration, Ranjith Madduma Bandara also said that there were no unlawful arrests.

He said that all steps have been taken by the government to ensure there is no threat to national security.

Earlier, convener of the organization on missing persons, Britto Fernando said that some incidents which occurred in the recent past have shown that the ‘white van’ culture is back in the limelight.

He said that abductions had been reported in the Negombo and Ampara areas and some involved white vans. However he said those allegedly abducted had resurfaced, unlike in the past.

 

1 Comment for “Police Deny ‘White Van’ Allegations”

  1. gamarala

    Many returning after employment abroad have been arrested at the airport, but never produced in courts of law.
    The PTA still operates, under a new Defence Secretary.
    “Rehabilitation” is a punishment invented only in Sri Lanka.

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