Mrs. Sarala Jeyaratnam, wife of missing Inspector Thurairatnam Jeyaratnam of Police Intelligence, complains of harassment at the hands of the very police which her husband served faithfully.
A mother of two children aged five and seven Mrs. Jeyaratnam (39) complains of death threats and being denied her missing husband`s salary with effect from January 2006.
While her husband was being described as a traitor by the LTTE the very same police department, which he sacrificed his life for, hounds her almost daily at her flats at the Police Inspectors` quarters adjoining the Mount Lavinia SSP`s office. The flat was broken into and all gold jewellery, valuables and documents she possessed had been plundered during her absence, she said.
Furthermore, allegations and accusations have been made in the media that when her flat was forcibly entered into during her absence, a sophisticated sniper gun was found inside.
Mrs. Jeyaratnam said that the gun was one used by her husband`s father, who was senior prison office during World War II. All officers who visited her husband at their residence knew about this gun.
When The Island contacted the Mount Lavinia Police, ASP S. M. Jayatilleke denied this reporter entry to Mrs. Jeyaratnam`s flats stating that orders had come from above not to allow anyone to enter her flat or to meet her. IP Wickremasinghe said that he could point out her flat but we could not enter her residence.
No valid reason was given for denying entry. Some police officers questioned whether Mrs. Jeyaratnam was in the flat at that time and how she got there. Mrs. Jeyaratnam told `The Island`, in a telephone interview, that she fears for her life and that she and her two children were between the devil and the deep blue sea.
She appealed to President Mahinda Rajapakse to direct the authorities to stop traumatizing her and her children and to pay in full the back wages of her husband without any delay. `If not I do not know what would be my fate tomorrow,` she wailed.