Rambukkana protest: IGP directs CID to act on court order

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Inspector-General of Police (IGP) C.D. Wickramaratne has directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to act on the court order issued by the Kegalle Magistrate’s Court to arrest the police personnel involved in the Rambukkana shooting.

The relevant court order was received by Police Headquarters today (28), Police Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said.

Accordingly, the DIG in charge of the CID has been instructed to act in accordance with the court order.

On Wednesday (27), when the case was taken up before the Kegalle Magistrate’s Court, the IGP was ordered to arrest and produce in court all police personnel involved in the Rambukkan shooting, claiming the life of a protester, while injuring nearly 30 others including 10 police officers.

Earlier this month (19), a group of persons staged a mass demonstration for over 15 hours demanding a solution for the ongoing fuel crisis, while blocking all entry and exit roads into the Rambukkana town, including the railway crossing.

Police later fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse the protesters, and had subsequently opened fire, claiming that a group had tried to set ablaze a fuel bowser nearby.

Nearly 30 persons sustained injuries, including police personnel, while one protester was killed.

The Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) later confirmed that the individual, identified as 42-year0old Chaminda Lakshan, had died of gunshot injuries.

IGP C. D. Wickramaratne later ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to conduct an impartial investigation into the incident, after the SSP of Kegalle revealed in court that he had initially given orders to fire into the air, and then later to open fire below the knees of protesters. so as to prevent any critical damage.