The bona fides of the UNP government in organising a press conference for a white van driver on the heels of the presidential election have been questioned by human rights activists.
On Sunday, Mr Rajitha Senaratne, the health minister in the UNP government, held a press conference in Colombo introducing Mr Anthony Fernando, who claimed he was a white van driving during the Rajapaksa government.
Mr Fernando claimed at least three hundred people were abducted and murdered by the white van squad he was affiliated to. He claimed the victims were tortured with the finger nails being pulled or fingers or hands chopped off, before finally being killed. The victims organs were surgically removed before their bodies were dumped in a lake in Moneragala full of crocodiles.
Human rights activists allege that the UNP government was aware of these allegations when it came to power in January 2015, but refrained from undertaking an impartial investigation to arrest and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The conference has been organised to garner Tamil votes, the human rights activists added.