Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that the motive behind the enforced disappearance of 11 youth in 2008 was to extort money and none of them had been involved in any terrorist activity.
He was speaking to the media at the Government Information Department on July 16. He went on that the arrest of former Navy Spokesman Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake was on the basis of clear evidence of his involvement in the disappearance of 11 youth.
He added that the reports obtained from the Tri-Forces, Police and intelligence services confirmed that none of the disappeared youth were involved in any terrorist activity. A few officers in the Navy had committed those disappearances by acting wantonly and abusing their powers. Nobody can fault the Navy for those acts. The 11 missing persons, on whom investigations were nearing completion, were residents of Mannar, Kotahena, Trincomalee, Grandpass, Maradana, Dehiwala and Dematagoda. The CID investigations could reveal that those youth had been detained at two locations, namely at Chaithya Road in Colombo and the Navy Camp in Trincomalee.