16-year-old maid’s death: Tamil MPs demand fresh probe
A group of politicians, representing estate Tamil communities, yesterday demanded the appointment of a special Police investigation team to probe the suspicious death of a minor, who served as a domestic aide at SJB MP Rishad Bathiudeen’s private residence in Colombo.
The group, led by Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) Leader MP Mano Ganesan met Senior DIG- Western Province Deshabandu Tennakoon to request a fair investigation into the death of the 16-year-old girl, who had been allegedly subjected to rape and subsequently succumbed to burn injuries.
They also demanded that the removal of Borella OIC, Chief Inspector Duminda Balasuriya, from ongoing investigation, claiming that there is no transparency in his conduct.
The group also urged Senior DIG Tennakoon to take measures to exhume the body and call for a fresh forensic report. MP Ganesan, Deputy Leader TPA Palani Thigambaram, MP Velu Kumar and MP Udaya Kumar, on meeting SDIG Tennakoon yesterday (20) insisted him to order a free and fair probe and avoid pressure from any party.
Meanwhile, State Minister of Estate Housing and Community Infrastructure, Jeevan Thondaman, under whose constituency the victim’s family live, tweeted, “In relation to the death of the girl at the house of MP Rishad Bathiudeen I had spoken to Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekara and pointed out that there must be an investigation into the circumstances which led to the incident.”
He said that based on the Judicial Medical Officer’s report, he has decided to follow up on the issue without publicising or politicising the issue as the victim is a minor. “Rest assured, necessary action will be taken and followed up with,” he tweeted. The Tamil MPs led by MP Ganesan further told SDIG Tennakoon that it’s not an ethnic issue or about the ruling party or the opposition party but it’s about issues related to law and order in the country.