Bail plea for Police officers rejected

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 Kegalle Magistrate Wasana Navaratne rejected the bail application made on behalf of the Police officers who were arrested over the Rambukkana shooting.

Former Kegalle SSP K.B. Keerthiratne, who was arrested by the CID, for ordering the Police to open fire at protesters in Rambukkana on 19 April, 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.

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 Methmalie Dissanayake