Wanted man with SL delegation: TN passes the buck

In a desperate move to shrug off its responsibilities, the Tamil Nadu police on Thursday passed the responsibility of arresting Douglas Devananda, who has come with the Presidential delegation of Sri Lanka, to the Delhi Police.

Last Updated: Jun 10, 2010, 18:54 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Chennai: In a desperate move to shrug off its responsibilities, the Tamil Nadu police on Thursday passed the responsibility of arresting Douglas Devananda, Minister for Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises, who has come with the Presidential delegation of Sri Lanka, to the Delhi Police.
Speaking over the issue, Chennai Police Commissioner said, “We have sent the details about Devananda to the Delhi Police and are awaiting a reply in this regard.”

Earlier, it came to light that a minister in the entourage of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is a proclaimed offender in India and is liable for arrest if not for the diplomatic immunity he enjoys.

As per a report published in leading English daily on Thursday, Douglas Devananda is wanted in connection with a shootout-cum-murder case registered in Chennai in 1986. Devananda, who was then a member of the separatist movement Eelam People`s Revolutionary Front (EPRLF) in Sri Lanka, was charged along with nine others for opening indiscriminate firing at locals in Choolaimedu in Central Chennai in 1986.
As many as five people were injured in the shootout and one of those identified as Thirunavukkarasu later succumbed to his injuries. In the Choolaimedu shootout case, Devananda and his associates were booked for murder, attempt to murder, rioting and unlawful assembly.

In the beginning, Devananda attended courts and obtained bail, but his associates went into hiding. In 1994, Devananda, too went underground, which forced the VI Additional Sessions Court in Chennai to declare him a proclaimed offender.