Relatives in quandary over missing men

Loku Seeya’s body found dumped in sea in Akkaraipattu; Karate Dhamikka’, ‘Galaboda’ , ‘Kota Lakshman’ ‘Feroze’ ‘Haja’ ‘Navy Ruwan’ and Christopher Fernando still unaccounted for
By Leon Berenger
Loku Seeya conducting a pooja at his devale

Mystery surrounds the abduction of some nine people over the past two months, with anxious relatives waiting for them to return home and police saying that the hunt is on for those listed missing.
According to eye witnesses to these abductions that took place in several parts of the country, both in the day time and at night, the victims were bundled into a white van and driven away by a group of armed persons.

One of those abducted returned, seven remain unaccounted for, and one man’s body was fished out of the sea at Akkaraipattu, police said. The most high profile person among those abducted and killed was the 57-year-old man from Ragama, Mohamed Niaz. Widely known as ‘Loku Seeya’ he was a multi-billionaire who dabbled in witchcraft and had a large and affluent client base.

He was reportedly abducted from a lonely clearing at Kerawalapitiya, in the Wattala police area on October 27 while driving his plush Mercedes Benz from his devale at Thalagolla in Ragama to his home situated a short distance away.


Loku Seeya’s family

Eyewitnesses had told family members that he was grabbed by four men who had arrived in a white van shortly before dusk. They had sped towards the Colombo-Negombo Road. The Mercedes Benz was later found at the scene of the abduction.

At the time of the abduction the man was sporting jewellery valued at Rs. 3.5 million and when they found his bruised and battered body some 10 days later on a beach head at Akkaraipattu in the east, the gold was missing.

“My father earned a lot of money by providing spiritual favours to his clients, and the list of those seeking his help was always long. They included high-profile politicians, artists, policemen, doctors, lawyers,” says Mohamed Hisan, the elder of the dead man’s two sons, known as podi seeya. He said that his father’s clientele was a mixed bag that even included top politicians in the present government and was not known to have any enemies.

“This whole thing is a conspiracy, somebody somewhere wanted my father dead for reasons known only to them, and what makes matters worse are the rumors doing the rounds,” the son said.
“Some say he was killed by a state-sponsored hit squad while others say he was linked with the local drug cartel and therefore put down by a competitor and this was even endorsed by sections of the Sinhala media.

Loku Seeya’s elsdest son Mohamed Hisan is now carrying on his father’s work.
Pic by Indika Handuwela

“This should not be the case. The authorities have informed us that an investigation is underway and those responsible would be brought to justice at the earliest,” he added. He however added that it was disturbing that those behind the abduction were able to travel all the way to Akkaraipattu passing so many police and military checkpoints undetected.

“There is something fishy somewhere and this is what the authorities should be looking at,” he said.
“In addition, my father was also a philanthropist involved in a lot of charity work and he crossed all borders let it be it race, religion, caste or creed. Therefore it is difficult to assume that he had any enemies.

Perhaps the only time he received veiled threats was during the annual devale perehera held in August each year. But he never took these things seriously,” Mr. Hisan who is now carrying out his father’s work added.

Roy Fernando is the nephew of Christopher, a businessman of Kotahena who was abducted on Monday in a similar fashion. His whereabouts are not known to date. Mr. Fernando, who is also a member of the Colombo Municipal Council for the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) told the Sunday Times that they had made a complaint with the local police but were yet to receive any news of his uncle.

As in the case of ‘Loku Seeya’ from Ragama, Mr. Christopher was also not known to have any known enemies and was not at the receiving end of any threats. “This has taken all of us by surprise, and the family is shaken. My aunt is suffering from shock and anxiety after hearing the news. We do not know who is responsible, but we hope he will return safely,” he added.

Among his clientele were well known

He said that he had also taken the matter up with the highest authorities. Apart from being involved in business, Mr. Christopher is also known to be a big time money lender. Others who are still missing include ‘Karate Dhamikka’ from Rambukkana, ‘Galaboda’ and ‘Kota Lakshman’ both from Kaduwela, ‘Feroze’ from Negombo, ‘Haja’ from Dematagoda, ‘Navy Ruwan’ from Warakapola and Christopher Fernando from Jampettah Street in Kotahena.

According to police a wide investigation is currently underway with several trained policemen on the job.
“This group of abductors could be anyone from common criminals to contract killers or even a vigilante squad. Investigations into those persons missing also indicate that though some of them boasted of wealth most have questionable records and their respective aliases only goes on to endorse it,” a senior policeman said.

“However, those responsible for these abductions and killing have to be brought to book before the matter matures into a full blown crisis with individuals taking the law into their hands,” he said.

Top to the page  |  E-mail  |  views[1]
SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Other News Articles
Prices of essential items up from next month
Judges to get guidelines on sentencing
Full LLRC report to be tabled: Basil
President captain at today’s T-20
A’pura bishop also to boycott state functions
Prison welfare fund locked up
Mother and son held for killing
Three bodies found hanging from tree
Ex-combatants get a taste of parliament with tea and tour
Hi-tech equipment to detect speed limit offenders on expressway
Relatives in quandary over missing men
6 months RI suspended for 25 years for cheating wife
Alliance Francaise, Colombo and Kotte, fight it out over trade name
Sworn in as Court of Appeal judge
Cloudy skies obscure lunar eclipse
Petition against PBJ, former AG for failing as guardians of the law
Court ruling goes to MR for mediation
Magistrate suggests complaint be referred to Mediation Board
Reflects great concern for the independence of the judiciary: Romesh de Silva
Artistic talent to flower with Chinese generosity
We will not be straitjacketed on democratic practices– Vasu
Bills for pills: National drug policy under microscope
UNP takes ‘free Fonseka’ plea to world community
Eknaligoda case: Focus on ex-AG
Rains cause earthslips in deforested areas endangering villagers’ lives
Fishermen in the North are unsettled and unhappy
Major breakthrough in roadside deaths of drunks and homeless
HR activists abducted in North
Indicted for handing weapons to the LTTE
Masks on way out


Reproduction of articles permitted when used without any alterations to contents and a link to the source page.
© Copyright 1996 - 2011 | Wijeya Newspapers Ltd.Colombo. Sri Lanka. All Rights Reserved | Site best viewed in IE ver 8.0 @ 1024 x 768 resolution