Sri Lanka: Inside Story — Minister Champika is a Wolf in sheep’s clothing!

Thilakasiri was abducted on 8 September 2016 from his friend’s house situated in Mt Lavinia. He was abducted by Sub Inspector Herath of the Cinnamon Garden police station accompanied by Pradeep Alwis, Minister Champika’s driver and  Chandana Ranasinghe, Working Director of the Road Development authority according to the directions given by Minister Champika.


by Shantha Wijesuriya

(December 30, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Patali Champika Ranawaka, Mega City and Western Province Development Minister has abducted Harsha Thilakasiri alias Suki and kept him by force in Angoda mental hospital for two weeks for not letting him have sex with Thilakasiri’s girlfriend.

Harsha Thilakasiri – known as Suki by everybody is well known in Jathika Hela Urumaya since he is an active member from its inception. He has been a very close associate of Champika Ranawaka, the Minister. He worked over 12 years in the ministries held by Champika Ranawaka both of the previous government and in the present. As he is a chef by profession, he has also worked as the cook for Minister Champika living in the same house. Apart from this, he could speak several languages. He is a son of well known renowned academic Pandit Siri Thilakasiri.

Although the most recent case for abducting Harsha Thilakasiri was his refusal to Minister Champika to allow sex with his girlfriend, overall it was an open threat to him as he knows all of Champika’s ugly character including his abnormal sexual behaviors as well as killings of some people during his portfolio in the last government which are now under investigations. Minister was afraid that his close associate Harsha Thilakasiri would reveal all of his secrets after Thilakasiri left him rejecting his request to have sex with Thilakasiri’s girlfriend.  On the other hand, Harsha Thilakasiri was afraid to live in his house and lived with a friend almost hiding from others, particularly from Champika.

Thilakasiri was abducted on 8 September 2016 from his friend’s house situated in Mt Lavinia. He was abducted by Sub Inspector Herath of the Cinnamon Garden police station accompanied by Pradeep Alwis, Minister Champika’s driver and  Chandana Ranasinghe, Working Director of the Road Development authority according to the directions given by Minister Champika.

They had taken Thilakasiri to Angoda Mental Hospital while calling his elder brother to come to the hospital for his admission as he was sick. Instead, his younger brother came and admitted him to the hospital.

Thilakasiri was admitted to the hospital with the idea of branding him as a lunatic to negate any allegation he could make against Minister Champika. Neither his father nor his mother had been informed of admitting him to the Mental hospital. His brothers, as well as his parents, were shocked when they came to know why he had been admitted to a mental hospital. The recommendation to admit him to the mental hospital had been given by Dr. Upul Gunasekara, the Secretary of Health Minister, who is a close friend of Minister Champika.

Thilakasiri was admitted to Ward No. 5 of the Mental hospital. No one was allowed to see him at the hospital without police security checks. Even those who came to see other patients in that ward were also in difficulty due to those security checks. At the hospital, Thilakasiri was called ‘Minister’s patient’.

Harsha Thilakasiri during the press conference in Colombo recently!

Harsha Thilakasiri was examined by Dr. Jayani Mendis, the famous psychiatric and according to her he was having only some depression and there was no need to keep him in the hospital. Despite this diagnosis, he was kept in the hospital for two weeks and given E.C.T. therapy (electroconvulsive Therapy) continuously for six days which would affect the molecular system of the brain. This therapy is given for those who are seriously mentally sick. However, there was no such indication in Thilakasiri’s hospital treatment card that he had given this treatment.

Thilakasiri was living with the Minister Champika at his house when the Minister wanted to have sex with his girlfriend. Thilakasiri’s girlfriend is a foreign lady and he had refused Minister Champika’s sex demand because she is not a prostitute but his girlfriend. He asked the Minister not to interfere with their love affair. After hearing this, the Minister scolded him using filthy words ‘you bastard you work for me and you have to work the way I want’. The same night Thilakasiri left the Minister’s house and came back to home. Since he knew that Minister was nothing but a wolf in sheep’s clothes, he was afraid to stay in his own house and left home to live with his friend in Mount Lavinia. His friend too is a member of JHU named Mendis. It was later revealed that it was this friend who had been given the information of his whereabouts to the driver of Minister Champika.

Meanwhile, the Minister had told Thilakasiri’s girlfriend that Thilakasiri was a mentally sick person having relations with many other women and prostitutes. Further, he had told her to inform him if she was ever called by Tilakasiri. Next, he had threatened Thilakasiri that if he ever reveals anything he had done (killing of people, coal deals, and sexual violence) it would be his end.  The Minister further stated that he would ask the police to arrest Thilakasiri again if he ever calls his girlfriend.

This writer has no interest in Minister Champika’s infamous past history with women. If women like to sleep with Champika it is their own business. However, Minister Champika has no right to send those people to lunatic hospitals who refuse to allow him to have sex with their wives or girlfriends.

This is not the first incident that Champika had sent those who are against to him to the lunatic hospital using his political powers. Beforehand, he also sent one Marasinghe of Moratuwa to the lunatic hospital. Also, the sexual affair he had with the girl named Chandrika of Awissawella was ended up with sending her to the lunatic hospital. It was Minister’s strategy to send them to the lunatic hospital to escape any charges against him easily by stating those who level charges against him are mentally retarded. Thilakasiri was sent to the Lunatic hospital because he knew all of his past actions. If he reveals any of those misdeeds Minister Champika can say he is just a lunatic and even has been treated at the lunatic hospital for two weeks. Accordingly, instead of the so called prisons of the Rajapakse regime Yaha Palanaya-Good Governance is building lunatic asylums for their opponents.


Shantha Wijesuriya is an investigative Sri Lankan journalist  


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