Court orders arrest of Kegalle SSP

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The Kegalle Magistrate yesterday (27), ordered the arrest of the Kegalle SSP who had ordered to open fire at protesters in Rambukkana, together with the Police Officers involved in the shooting, resulting in the death of one and injuring several others.

The order was made by Kegalle Magistrate Wasana Nawarathne when the case was taken up, while observing that the protester had died of severe blood loss according to the Judicial Medical Officer.

The request made by Counsel appearing for the aggrieved party to impose a travel ban on the suspects was also accepted by the Magistrate.

In a tragic turn of events, a civilian was killed while a dozen others were injured on 19 April, when Police opened fire to disperse an angry mob that was blocking the main railway line and the main road in Rambukkana. A large number of civilians gathered near fuel stations as fuel bowsers which came to the fuel station did not unload stocks until prices were increased on 18 Monday night.

President’s Counsel Rienzie Arsecularatne, Sarath Jayamanne, Upul Jayasuriya, and Attorney-at-Law Chaminda Korala appeared for the aggrieved party, while Attorney-at-Law Upali Mohotti appeared for the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) to make observations yesterday (27).

Further, the investigations also showed that the bowser had been removed from the crime scene and was transported to Mirigama, while the fuel contained in it had been unloaded.

Counsels appearing for the aggrieved party questioned as to how the fuel in the bowser, which is a Court production, could be unloaded. Further hearing of the case was scheduled for 2 May.

By Faadhila Thassim