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Alleged Doctor-robber being questioned by police after Magistrate issues 48-hour detention order

ECONOMYNEXT – The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) has begun the process of expelling the doctor who was arrested yesterday after allegedly robbing an official of the National Hospital in Colombo of Rs 7.9 million using a fake weapon.

The GMOA spokesman Dr Navin de Zoysa told EconomyNext that the parent body has called for a report on the incident from the National Hospital branch of the organisation to initiate further action.

“We know who he is, and at present he is at the National Hospital to carry out research for a post-graduate degree,” Zoysa said.

Police headquarters said that the doctor was produced before the Maligakanda Magistrate yesterday June 9, and detained for 48 hours.

He is currently being questioned by investigators, an officer at the Police Media unit said.

According to the Police Spokesman Superintendent Jaliya Senaratne the doctor had held up an accountant at the National Hospital and allegedly robbed the cash which had been brought to that point to pay hospital staff.

Two men described as Police Intelligence officers in plain clothes had pursued him as he fled in a three-wheeler.

Also in pursuit in another vehicle was Chief Inspector Waruni Bogahawatte, a uniformed officer visiting the hospital.

Bogahawatte who is the Officer in Charge of the Women and Children’s Bureau of the Matara Police had carried out the arrest.

Bogahawatte, who was lauded by police for her role in catching the robber has been under a cloud in the past.

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She was ordered by the Supreme Court in June last year to pay Rs 100,000 in compensation to a minor girl for harassment.

The police officers is said to have unlawfully detained the minor in July 2012. (Colombo June 10, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana