Controversy surrounds a Police Headquarters decision to transfer SSP K. Udayapala, in charge of the Nugegoda Division, to the Police Training College (PTC) in Kalutara, after Colombo Additional Magistrate Ms. Manjula Tillekeratne ordered his immediate arrest in connection with the recent disappearance of hoodlum Nawala Nihal and the killing of his brother Maurice.
Police said that Udayapala was only a suspect. The decision to transfer him was taken pending the finalization of the investigation.
The Court ordered Udayapala`s arrest on March 22. The Court also directed police to brief the National Police Commission (NPC) on the investigation.
The policeman`s alleged involvement with the underworld came to light after Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) arrested a notorious gangster identified as Maiya. Police are also investigating the possibility of Maiya and Suranga, held in connection with the murders of Maurice and Noel Wickremasinghe, having connections with the LTTE.
President Mahinda Rajapakse last month ordered IGP Victor Perera to take immediate action to cleanse the Police Force.