Court issues notice on IGP, Director CID

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The Court of Appeal on Thursday (2), issued notice on Inspector General of Police C.D.Wickremaratne and the Director of the Criminal Investigation Department in connection with a writ application challenging the order issued for the arrest of former Kegalle SSP K.B. Keerthiratna and several other Police personnel, over the Rambukkana Police shooting incident.

Further, Police personnel who were named as the respondents to the Writ application were also directed to present their submissions on 27 June.

The arrest order was previously issued by the Kegalle Magistrate and Wickramaratne ordered the CID to act on the Order issued by the Court to arrest the Police personnel involved in the Rambukkana shooting.

On 19 April, 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.

(FT)