By Colombo Telegraph –
“Catch the suspects and hand them over to the police” the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri, last Friday.
“I received a call from Gotabhaya, the conversation initially appeared to be cordial, though later it turned into a bitter exchange” the president of the Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA),Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri told Colombo Telegraph.
Calling to Nirmal’s home telephone re the threats Dr. Nirmal is receiving, Gotabhaya said, he even didn’t know who the Nirmal is and therefore accusing MOD is pointless. Dr. Nirmal replied Gotabhaya saying, whether he knows Nirmal or not is irrelevant and the MOD’s job is to protect citizen’s security” Nirmal Ranjith’s claims at the Friday press conference is “damaging MOD’s reputation” and asked him to “catch the suspects and hand them over to the police” angry Gotabhaya threatened Nirmal.
Dr.Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri is one of the few outspoken intellectuals who criticises Sri Lankan government regarding it’s unlawful activities.
Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri is the only university teacher who criticised Secretary to the Ministry of Defence regarding abduction and whitvanning. Speaking about abduction of Prema Kumara Gunarathnam and Dimutu Attigala he said “ the fist accused is the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, there is no Secretary of Defence post in Sri Lanka it’s a lie. He is just another secretary to a Ministry. There are lots of other secretaries like him, the only difference is, he is a sibling of the President, he must be questioned. …..” ( watch 6.20 mins in the video below)