16 detection cases made by a single SriLankan Airlines security staff member whilst checking staff entering and departing the Katunayake premises are yet to be investigated by the airline Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.
The submission of a detailed report titled ‘Detections Report In BIA’ sent to Security Manager Mahesh Perera dated 15th August 2018 for investigation is in Colombo Telegraph’s possession.
Whilst majority of these detections were made during the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa era, political interference and prejudice displayed by both the Security & Investigations and Human Resources Departments of SriLankan Airlines are reasons as to why these cases have been shelved, in some cases for over four years.
It is yet to be established as to why the current Head of Human Resources Pradeepa Kekulawala whose monthly salary was revealed in a RTI released report to be in excess of Rs 950,000 a month continues to shield these reported staff.
A security staff member of the airline speaking to Colombo Telegraph on condition of anonymity said “In one reported case a staff member was caught with drugs in his possession but no action has been taken yet. Staff who were detected with prohibited items such as knives etc are potential candidates who participate in ripping off passenger bags and pilfer items from passengers especially of those expatriates who return from the Gulf. Those caught with multiple currencies are mainly staff who are supposed to provide assistance to passengers and demand money for services such as for providing wheel chair assistance that are usually provided free of charge by all the airlines.”
All staff who was apprehended in these 16 cases reported below continues to enjoy the privilege of being currently employed by SriLankan Airlines.
Detection Case 1
Detection of prohibited articles – 01 Rambo Knife and 01 knuckle duster at entrance to the hangar main gate on 29th May 2014.
Staff member: K.C.D.N Perera (200260) – Aircraft Mechanic
Items found hidden in the inner pocket of his bag.
Detection Case 2
Detection of 27 jewelry items and 9 foreign currency notes at operations gate – 2nd August 2014
Staff member: W.M.H.J. Rodrigo (9216) Flight Operations Executive
Items detected hidden inside a Dove face cream pack
Detection Case 3
Detection of 01 packet of cannabis at operations main gate on 21st August 2014
Staff member: S.S.H.M.W.G.R.K.Seneviratne Trainee Aircraft Technician.
Items detected hidden inside his helmet.
Detection Case 4
Detection of 06 Champagne bottles at Cabin Crew locker area
Cabin Crew had arrived from flight UL 564 on 28th August 2014.
Staff members: Flight Steward D.Y.Weeraratne (17822), Flight Steward Q.C.Saucher (19718) and Flight Steward E.Athukorala (20102)
Items detected in their cabin baggage with no proof of purchase.
Detection Case number 5
Detection of 42 engineering materials and tools belonging to SriLankan Airlines at the hangar main gate on 13th September 2014
Staff member: J.K.Jayasekara – Junior Aircraft Technician
Items found in his personal carry-on bag.
Detection Case 6
Detection of Staff member found under the influence of liquor whilst on duty at the security duty room area on 2nd November 2014
Staff member: A.M.R.D Ranaweera (18332) – Driver
Empty bottle of liquor found inside the compartment of his vehicle
Detection Case 7
Detection of 14 Bid tools and 01 Bid socket belonging to SriLankan Airlines Engineering Department at operations gate on 15th December 2014
Staff member: M.I.S.Kostha – Aircraft Technician (19641)
Items detected inside his personal carry-on bag
Detection Case 8
Detection of 09 pieces of tools belonging to SriLankan Airlines Engineering Department at operations main gate on 10th January 2015
Staff member: J.A.D.Nilantha (C 10561) – Junior Aircraft Technician
Items detected inside his personal carry-on bag
Detection Case 9
Detection of prohibited items 01 spring knife at operations gate on 29th July 2015
Staff member: K.D.N Anuradha (18193) – Technical Service Engineeer
Item detected inside his personal carry-on bag
Detection Case 10
Detection of 06 bottles of Johnnie Walker Red Label whiskey at the operations hangar main gate on 15th December 2015
Staff member: M.T.M.Asfak (C 11523) – Junior Aircraft Workshop Mechanic
Items found inside his personal vehicle with no proof of purchase.
Detection Case 11
Detection of multiple currencies made at the apron pier main entrance on 20th December 2015
Staff members: A.A.G. Sriyananda (14893) – Senior Load Control Supervisor and B.L.T. Karunaratne (21507) – Senior Load Control Agent
Items detected on their person
Detection Case 12
Detection of multiple currencies at apron pier main entrance on 19th January 2016
Staff member: T.I. Jayasinghe (17759) – Aircraft Dispatcher
Items detected on his possession
Detection Case 13
Detection of US dollars at operations main gate on 15th Feb 2016
Staff member: S.K.M.A Fernando (20443) – Airport Passenger Service Agent
Items detected inside his personal diary carried by him
Detection Case 14
Detection of prohibited item 01 folding knife at P&E check in on 1st October 2016
Staff member: W.D.T.P.K Jayasinghe (11075) – Ramp Serviceman
Item found on his person
Detection Case 15
Detection of multiple foreign currencies at operations gate on 22nd May 2017
Staff member: A.M.K.D.C Fonseka (12549) – Licensed Aircraft Engineer
Items found on his person
Detection Case 16
Detection of multiple foreign currencies at P& E check point 0n 10th January 2018
Staff member: S.D.D Tharanga (9359)
Items found on his person.
Also in Colombo Telegraph’s possession are cases of staff being politically victimized and in some cases ending with termination to those who provided evidence to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry. This is despite assurances being given by the Presidential Inquiry to staff to fearlessly come out and provide statements and evidence. (By Janaka Ranaweera)