Cinnamon Gardens Police informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Nandana Amerasinghe that they launched a probe into the alleged forced entry on 13 July into the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), by a group of protesters, who had also intimidated the staff and obstructed them from performing their duties.
They told the Court, that they had already obtained CCTV camera footage of the alleged incidents at the SLRC premises, to further expedite their investigations.
The Police stated that a few statements had also been recorded from some staffers present at the premises, on the day of the incident. Cinnamon Gardens Police informed Chief Magistrate Amerasinghe, that from the inquiry conducted to date, it had come to light that the protesters had not entered the SLRC premises forcibly, on the day of the incident.
They explained that the protesters had even consumed tea, upon their entry to the SLRC studious.
Later, the Court ordered the Police to probe this incident too. Taking the submissions into consideration, the Magistrate, instructed the Cinnamon Gardens Police, to conduct a detailed probe into the case and file a progress report on it, at the next hearing.
Cinnamon Gardens Police have begun an inquiry into the alleged forced entry to the SLRC premises and unlawful assembly, by a group of demonstrators, whilst exerting pressure and intimidating the staff, while damaging the parapet walls in and around the premises of the SLRC.
By Hansi Nanayakkara