Apr 10, Colombo: An activist of a newly formed Marxist party in Sri Lanka who wen t missing last Friday have been found safe and well, media reports said Tuesday.
Premakumar Gunaratna, an Australian citizen from New South Wales disappeared on April 06 from his home in Kiribathgoda and his family and wife accused the Sri Lankan government's security forces of kidnapping him.
According to an ABC report the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in a statement has said that they could "confirm the safety" Gunaratnam who disappeared along with the women's leader of the new Marxist party for which he was to be appointed as the leader.
However, the DFAT has said that "it would be inappropriate to discuss further details at this time."
The report citing Sri Lanka's High Commissioner in Canberra Thisara Samarasinghe said that Gunaratnam has walked into a police station overnight and identified himself.
The newly formed Frontline Socialist Party held its inaugural meeting Monday and Gunaratnam was expected to be declared as the leader of the party at the meeting.
Gunaratnam's wife Champa Somarathna, a migrant doctor of Sri Lanka now living in Australia with their two children, has complained to the government of Australia regarding the alleged abduction of her husband, who she claimed is a citizen of Australia.
The government denied its security forces took him into custody and the Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had informed the Australian High commissioner in Sri Lanka Ms. Robyn Mudie that there was no record of him arriving in the country when she took the issue up with the Defense Secretary.
Reportedly, Gunaratnam who remained hidden since his arrival in the country has used one of the several aliases he has been using to get into the country.