Dambulla Kanchana Kumar Ariyadasa –
The Manampitiya Police has started a special investigation based on a complaint made by Manampitiya local journalist Nimal Jayaratne that they will kill him if he does not stop reporting the news about the treasure hunt in the historical Dimbulagala Aranya Senasana.
The police also mentioned that he had submitted a complaint to the police on the afternoon of the 7th that journalist Nimal Jayaratne and the entire family would be shot dead.
The police made this anonymous phone call to journalist Nimal Jayaratne on the phone number 0729199512 at around 10 pm on the 5th on the basis of an incident of excavating treasures in a residence of a monk who died in an accident while staying at the historic Dimbulagala Aranya Senasana. says
In that call, it has been mentioned that a group of retired army soldiers had previously reported about a treasure hunt in the Kosgaha spring area of the historical Dimbulagala Forest Reserve and that whole families would be killed if they did not report the looting of the treasures of the historical Dimbulagala Forest Reserve.
However, just as the historic Kosgahaulpatha treasure incident was reported, Nimal Jayaratne and his wife’s children will be killed if the treasure hunt in the Dimbulagala Forest Reserve is not reported. Manampitiya Police Station Commander Inspector Asela Sarath Kumara stated that the complaint submitted to the police by journalist Nimal Jayaratne states that.
Journalist Nimal Jayaratne, who filed the complaint regarding this incident, has stated that this call was recorded on his mobile phone.
The police have also been told that the audio tapes can be provided if required for investigation.
The Manampitiya Police say that due to the continuous death threats, an investigation will be conducted immediately and the facts regarding this phone call will be reported to the court and further investigations will be started.
Manampitiya Police has started further investigations in connection with this incident.
The national organizer of the Social Media Trade Unions Federation stated that there is a serious problem in the country’s society regarding the right to report news, in order to ensure the safety of journalists, several associations of journalists are already conducting discussions.