Mrs. Yogarani Dharmaratnam, wife of journalist Sivaram Dharamaratnam, who was at the Police Morgue yesterday (29) to identify the body of her slain husband, told `The Island` that Sivaram did not have any enemies.
She was present with family members who were distraught over the fate of Sivaram, a columnist for several years on `The Island` writing under the nom de plume `Taraki.`
Later, Sivaram who also contributed to many newspapers, ran the website TamilNet in more recent years.
On Thursday (28) night Sivaram was abducted at from Bambalapitiya by a group of unidentified persons and killed. His body was found at Kimbula- Ela junction, Talangama, close to the parliamentary complex, Kotte.
Mrs.Yogarani Dharmaratnam said he had left their home at Ratmalana in the evening around 5.00 p.m. saying he was going to see a film.
Police said no suspects have yet been identified and a number of CID and police teams have been deployed to track down the killers.
Around 10.00 p.m. she got a telephone call enquiring whether there was any trouble. `I called my husband on his cellular phone but there was no answer though the phone continued to ring. Ten minutes later another person phoned and told me that my husband had been abducted at Bambalapitiya. Then number of persons from the press and media started calling and enquiring about him,` she said.
`When I could not find out where my husband was I called my brother at Batticaloa and later I contacted my brother who lives at Mattakkuliya. We made a complaint at the Bambalapitiya police station that my husband is missing.
`As far as I am aware he did not have any enemies. For several years he was a journalist and wrote articles to a number of newspapers. He was managing the website `Tamilnet` for the last few years,` she said.