Buwaneka Hotel demolishing case: Arrest warrants re-issued for Sanjeewa et al
By Buddhika Samaraweera
Police teams have been deployed to arrest Kurunegala Mayor Thushara Sanjeewa and four others, following arrest warrants being re-issued by the Kurunegala Magistrate, over the demolishing of the Buwaneka Hotel, a building of historical value in Kurunegala.
Speaking to the Media at the Police Headquarters in Colombo on 10 August, Police Media Spokesman, SSP Jaliya Senaratne said, Acting IGP Chandana D. Wickramaratne had taken steps to deploy Police teams to arrest the suspects.
“AIGP Wickramaratne has given instructions to the Senior DIG in charge of the North Western Province in this connection. Although the Police teams have visited a few locations where these suspects habitually stayed, they had not been there,” SSP Senaratne said.
The Kurunegala Magistrate re-issued the warrants for the arrest of Sanjeewa and four other suspects on 10 August. Considering the failure of the Kurunegala Police to execute warrants for their arrests, the Magistrate re-issued the warrants.
The Kurunegala Magistrate on 7 July had initially issued arrest warrants for Sanjeewa and four other suspects in connection with the incident. That was following the Attorney General’s directions to the AIGP to obtain warrants from the Court and to arrest the five individuals on charges under the Antiquities Ordinance and the Offences against Public Property Act and to produce them before Court.