SSP Keerthiratne remanded till 6 May

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 Former Kegalle SSP K.B. Keerthiratne, who was arrested by the CID for ordering the Police to open fire at protesters in Rambukkana, resulting in the death of one and injuring several others, was remanded until 6 May, while the three Police Officers who were also .arrested in connection with the shooting were remanded until 13 May.

Keerthiratne was produced before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court on Friday (29 April) following which he was remanded and the three Police officers were ordered to be remanded by the Theldeniya Magistrate’s Court.

On the directive of IGP C.D. Wickramaratne, the CID on 28 April arrested Keerthiratne while he was receiving treatment at the Police Hospital. The CID also arrested three Police officers in Kundasale who were allegedly part of the shooting.

Wickramaratne ordered the CID to take immediate action, on the Court Order issued by the Kegalle Magistrate, to arrest the SSP and the officers involved in the shooting. The Order was issued by Kegalle Magistrate Wasana Navaratne on 27 April when the case was taken up, while observing that a protester had died of severe blood loss according to the Judicial Medical Officer.

BY Hansi Nanayakkara