In a strange twist of events where vital CCTV footage were reportedly erased which may have proved if Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka was involved in the Rajagiriya accident, Police Spokesman blamed the house owners for deleting the CCTV footage, claiming that the police was ‘helpless’ as there were no CCTV cameras operated by the police in that particular area, and hence they had to rely only on residential CCTV cameras.
“Usually house owners delete CCTV visuals after about 3 to 4 days, and the probe for the CCTV footage began only about six days after, so by the time the Welikada police tried to obtain the CCTV visuals, the house owners had already deleted it,” Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera told the Colombo Telegraph.
When asked if steps would be taken to install CCTV cameras in other parts of the city other than within Colombo city limits to ensure a similar incident will not occur, ASP Gunasekera said no such decision has been taken and for the moment this seemed unlikely.
He however added that investigation was currently underway to obtain the phone records of two other telephone numbers which reportedly belonged to the Minister.
On Wednesday, Police informed the Colombo Additional Magistrate that the CCTV camera footage ordered to be scrutinized by the Magistrate to verify if the Minister was in fact involved in the hit and run, had been erased. The victim, Sandeep Gunawardena sustained severe injuries following the accident, according to two eye witnesses. The minister however has denied any involvement.