Pillayan flees Sri Lanka after Mahinda’s exit

Former rebel Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan has reportedly fled Sri Lanka following the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister.

Pillayan is reported to have fled by boat to a foreign country.

Media reports claimed that he had fled to Malaysia and was to travel to a European country from there.

Chandrakanthan was appointed last month as the State Minister of Rural Road Development.

The Attorney General had earlier indicted Pillayan with 06 other persons in the High Court of Batticaloa for offences committed under Sections 32, 102, 113[b], 140 & 146 of the Penal Code read with Section 2[1][a] , 2[i] & 3[b] of the Prevention of Terrorism [Temporary Provisions] Act No. 48 of 1979 as amended by Act No. 10 of 1982 and Act No. 22 of 1988 in connection with the killing of former Member of Parliament for Batticaloa District Joseph Pararajasingham.

Pillayan had been jailed but was released on bail after Gotabaya Rajapaksa became President.