Four Peliyagoda cops interdicted
By Faadhila Thassim
Three Police Constables and a Police Inspector attached to the Peliyagoda Police Station were interdicted Friday (26), for allegedly assaulting a youth on Thursday (25).
Minister of Public Security, Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara (Rtd.) instructed IGP C.D. Wickramaratne to interdict the Police officers involved in the incident.
The victim, Migara Gunaratne, the son of former Governor of the Central Province and Attorney-at-Law, Maithri Gunaratne, had arrived at the Peliyagoda Police Station to visit a detainee when he was allegedly assaulted by Police.
Charitha Maithri Gunaratne, brother of Migara Gunaratne, updating his Social Media handle, stated the latter was brutally assaulted by at least 10 Policemen when he went to hand over dinner to a detainee.
“They had only stopped the beating after being told that he is the son of Maithri Gunaratne, following which an SI had instructed the officers to charge him for obstructing Police duties as they knew a problem could occur,” he said adding that they had also threatened Migara that he would be made a suspect in a drug-related offence.
Minister Weerasekara stated that this kind of assault within the Police Station premise is unacceptable, adding that investigations into the incident have commenced while two special investigation teams have also been formed on the instructions of the IGP.
Minister of Justice, Ali Sabry, stated that those responsible should be dealt with strongly in terms of the Law and that no one should be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment, adding that this matter has been taken up with all authorities concerned to ensure there is an independent inquiry.
Meanwhile, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has written to IGP C.D. Wickramaratne demanding legal action be taken against all officers at Peliyagoda Police Station, who were involved in the brutal assault on Law student, Migara Gunaratne, on 25 February, by initiating a criminal prosecution.
“It has been brought to the attention of the BASL that Migara Gunaratne, a Law student has been brutally assaulted by several officers attached to the Peliyagoda SIU on the night of 25 February when he attempted to carry a parcel of food to his brother’s client who was being detained by the Police.
“This incident cannot be taken in isolation as on a previous occasion his brother Charitha Gunaratne, who is an Attorney-at-Law, was interrupted by the Police in carrying out his professional services.
“Since of late, assaulting civilians and ill- treatment of Attorneys-at-Law by the Police has escalated. This is indeed degrading and cruel.
“We request you to conduct an immediate inquiry and to take disciplinary action against the said officers. We also demand that legal action be taken against all such officers by initiating a criminal prosecution. All officers on duty on the night of 25 should be subjected to identification immediately,” the letter stated.