Writer Shakthika Sathkumara, who was arrested over allegations to have insulted Buddhism through an online novel and detained for over two months, was reportedly sent to prison by none other than Officer-in-Charge for Kurunegala District Deputy Inspector General Kithsiri Jayalath.
Apparently, not only had he promoted communal disharmony, but also had stolen freedom of expression.
According to sources, a known bhikku movement in Polgahawela area had filed a complaint against the said writer, in keeping with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) alleging that he had violated the covenant, requi compulsory detention for over two months, under the instructions of DIG Kithsiri Jayalath.
Although it was admitted before the court that the suspect could have been prosecuted under the country's civil law instead of an international covenant, the said writer had to be in prison as the Magistrate Court had no power to release him on bail.
The same DIG gave a tip-off to the Divayina newspaper to promote false propaganda fueling communal hatred, claiming that a Muslim medical officer in the Kurunegala Hospital allegedly involved with the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) had practiced sterilization procedures on over 4000 Sinhala Buddhist mothers in Sri Lanka.