Eight suspects arrested in EP Chief Secretary’s killing
TRINCOMALEE: Eight suspects were arrested and quizzed
yesterday in Trincomalee in connection with the assassination of Eastern
Province Chief Secretary Herath Abeyweera on Monday, police said.
Abeyweera, 59, a resident of Kandy was shot dead on Monday evening at
his office in Trincomalee by an unidentified gunman.
“His bullet ridden body was found on the floor of his office. He has
been shot five times with a pistol. We believe that the assassin had
targeted the victim from two-10 metres range,” Trincomalee police said.
According to Trincomalee police, it has been revealed that an
unidentified person had come with a file and entered the Chief
“We suspect that the assassin might have brought the pistol concealed
inside the file,” the police added.
The Trincomalee police had launched a search operation to track down
Two police teams from the Trincomalee police were deployed to
investigate the incident.
Abeyweera was the top civilian Government official in the East, which
is now administered separately following a Supreme Court verdict on the
de-merger of the North-East.
Abeyweera earlier served for more than 15 years as the District
Secretary, Ampara. He has held several other positions in the Government
service in a career spanning 35 years. He took up the position of
Eastern Chief Secretary upon retirement from the public service.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Government condemned the
assassination, saying it is “yet another act of savagery by the LTTE in
its campaign of terror”.