No probe launched on recent prison incidents – Police
BY THAMEENAH RAZEEK
Although the Public Security Minister has directed the IGP to undertake an investigation into the recent events involving State Minister Lohan Ratwatte, the Police Spokesman said yesterday no such probe has commenced yet.
While the Media reported that prisoners’ rights organisations had filed a complaint with the Police, Police Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa stressed that it was not a complaint, but rather an addition statement about the incident.
SSP Thalduwa claimed that no investigation has yet begun, emphasising that they must first obtain an official request or complaint from the appropriate Government authority.
“When an incident like this occurs in a State institution, the institution will normally respond in accordance with its own laws, and if the Police are asked to help in the investigation, we will do so,” he said.
Meanwhile, Anuradhapura Police OIC claimed that because the Prisons Department did not make a complaint or request, no action or investigation was taken in this regard.
Ratwatte resigned from his Prison Management portfolio on 16 September following events that had allegedly occurred at the Anuradhapura and Welikada prisons.
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) also demanded a probe, urging the Attorney General and law enforcement officials to: “Act forthwith in dealing with these serious acts of impunity allegedly committed by Ratwatte.”