Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa publically announced during last March that their strategies found ways to eliminate underworld and blackmailers, to which the present days have allowed them to rise again.
Apparently, the conversations have taken a new turn to which the public has begun to murmur with disappointment that the underworld is at a rise again, and Gotabhaya Rajapakse would have known what to do for the better, as said by the joint opposition combined with media and clergy favouring the Rajapakse family.
However, need we remind you, that drug trafficking and substance abuse, which had long been confined to Colombo area, had breached the fences of the rural folk devastating young generations with simplest expectations for their respective futures during Gotabhaya Rajapakse's time as Defence Secretary in Mahinda Rajapakse's rule. Best is evident at the incident of Kotakethana murders, where women were slaughtered by drug dealers, which was discovered long after Gotabhaya's squads. Because the dealings were involved with the secretaries of the ministers at Rathnapura during the time.
For the worst, an underworld war, that went on for days, in broad daylight had taken place in 2014 during Gotabhaya Rajapakse's time as the Defence Secretary. It was later followed by the underworld of the South, in which Makadure Madush began to surface to the scene. When the chaos shook the country with utmost terror, the former Defence Secretary had made rather an interesting statement; that a war--similar to that against the LTTE--will be launched against the underworld and drugs.
It was only the November, 2014, and the Presidential Election was at the brink of announcement. The war ended in 2009, which allowed them more than five years to apprehend a plan to seize the underworld. Drugs and the underworld of the South joined the scene during these five years. It was Deputy Inspector General Latheef who had initiated the mission at Uva to seize drug dealings in the rural areas. He went to Wellawaya, Monaragala in investigating the mysterious death of a Special Task Force (STF) Officer attached to Wellawaya area. The STF officer was killed in the line of duty for besieging drugs, for which DIG Latheef launched a mass mission in the Monaragala area. He was sent back to Colombo influenced by the chief ministers of the province. His transfer was never revealed by the so called national media networks, except alternative networks.
The mission to wipe out the underworld and drug trafficking condemned by the Rajapakses was assigned by the Maithri-Ranil governance. They targeted the masterminds, the leaders of the underworld; Makandure Madush.
Makandure Madush stood hidden in Dubai. Dawood Ibrahim, India's king of drugs and underworld, also stays hidden in Dubai. Ibrahim is closely associated with India's celebrities and politicians. When the Indian superstar Sri Devi was murdered in Dubai, Subraniyam Swami, an associate to Mahinda Rajapakse, said that Devi and Ibrahim were in a relationship and that he is associated with many other Bollywood actresses.
Same as Makandure Madush, Ibrahim too is fond of partying with all the celebrities at the glamour's peak of Dubai. The Indian Police and their spy services, who are reputed to be best in Asian defence networks, are still unable to trace Dawood Ibrahim.
But alas, the good DIG of this small island was able to track down Makandure Madush, because Latheef was never tampered by either President Sirisena or Prime Minister Wickremesinghe. Although Madush was conserved upon the shelter of the politicians of the South, neither of them was able to hamper DIG Latheef. Because he was never a broken bone. He had a strong backbone supported by the coalition between the President and the Prime Minister. He always was a good officer. Only the Rajapakses broke him.
Makandure Madush was active in the scene during the Rajapakse rule because he was politically sheltered. When DIG Latheef was at his tail he was transferred from Monaragala. But a senior political letterman who happened to be from the Rajapakse group also wrote a letter asking them to let DIG Latheef do his duties, which in February 16, 2013 was published in the 'Colombo Telegraph' website, the headline quoting,
"Let Latheef do his duties"
Latheef launched a mission in Feburary 06, 2019 to capture the king of drugs, and he won! Because the Rajapakses were nowhere near the power seats. Bitterer to the ears of the Rajapakses.