Five Policemen including an ASP arrested over alleged enforced disappearance

Mannar ASP Upul Alawatta and five other policemen were arrested by the CID yesterday(01) in connection with the disappearance of a detainee in 2008, when Alawatte was the OIC of the Piliyandala Police.

According to the Police Spokesperson the complaint was made by the former chairman of Ceramics Corporation, saying that his servant Ajith Sunanda Kandambi had been abducted and disappeared while the accused police officer was serving in Piliyandala in 2008.

The incident had taken place when Alawatte was acting as the OIC in Kohuwela.

According to a source from CID, Kandambi was arrested by the police regarding a complaint made about an alleged fraud and he had been detained at the Kohuwela police. It is also alleged that Kandambi had been beaten while he was at the police station.

Thereafter he had disappeared from the Police station and has not been found. CID sources said that Kandambi had allegedly been taken away by the complainant.

The CID sources said that several other detainees had been in the cell with Kandambi at the time.

Seven people including the five police officers from the Piliyandala Police were produced before the Kesbewa Magistrate today.

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