BY Mirudhula Thambiah
Tamil Progressive Alliance Leader and Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Opposition MP Mano Ganesan yesterday (8) said in Parliament that Office on Missing Persons (OMP) Chairman Attorney Mahesh Katulanda should be replaced, and queried as to the reason for the existence of the OMP if its chairman claims that there are no missing persons in this country.
He queried the Minister of Justice, Prisons Affairs, and Constitutional Reforms President’s Counsel Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe: “Katulanda says that there are no missing persons in this country. If so, why do you need this office? You are the subject Minister (a reference to Dr. Rajapakshe). Therefore, tell him not to say that nobody went missing. With great trouble, we adopted the OMP Act, and I was the subject Minister earlier. We established OMP offices in Matara, Jaffna, and Mannar. People went missing even during 1988-1989 and in the 2000s in the North and the South. We should remove this curse. This is why we established the OMP. But change its chairman.”
Meanwhile, the relatives of missing persons held various protests against a statement made by the OMP Chairman recently that there is no evidence that those who surrendered went missing.