An LTTE suspect detained by the Criminal Investigation Department allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself inside CID premises yesterday morning.
The victim, a Sinhalese was found hanging inside a bathroom in the CID premises in Fort around 10.00 a.m. yesterday.
According to the CID the suspect had been taken into custody by the army at a checkpoint in Nawaladi area last November. The army had subsequently handed over the suspect to Valachchenai police and he was later transferred to the CID for further investigations.
According to the CID the suspect, a resident of Aranayake area had joined the LTTE and received weapons training in Vakarai. He was detained for almost three months on suspicion of having exclusive information on the distribution of weapons among parties in the south for pre-planned attacks.
A CID official told the Daily Mirror that the suspect had disclosed information on certain parties in the south and was arrested to find more persons involved in the network in other areas including Tissamaharama.
Yesterday morning the victim had requested permission to have a bath. When he was released from his cell he had gone to one of the bathrooms with a bed sheet and later his body was recovered, the official said.
IGP Victor Perera has appointed a special team to conduct an inquiry into the death.
Meanwhile an inquiry was held last evening by Colombo`s Additional Magistrate Ajith Anavaratne.
Referring to the incident Former National Police Commission Chairman Ranjith Abeysuriya told the media that a similar incident rocked the country in 1966 when two suspects detained at the CID `Fourth Floor` for questioning, mysteriously died by falling off the fourth floor.