ECONOMYNEXT – Public Security Minister Adm. (Ret) Sarath Weerasekara has ordered the interdiction of a group of Police officers who allegedly assaulted a Law student who had been visiting a detainee at the Peliyagoda police station yesterday.
Weerasekara announced that he had communicated his order to the Inspector General of Police C D Wickremeratne in an audiotape released to media today.
In the tape, he says “there has been an allegation that a civilian has been assaulted inside the premises of the Peliyagoda Police station. That is not acceptable and I have as Minister in charge of Public Security asked the IGP to interdict the said officers.”
The alleged victim is Migara Gooneratne, the son of politician Maithri Gooneratne and the younger brother of Attorney-at-Law Charitha Gooneratne.
In a social media post, Charitha Gooneratne says he had visited a client at the Peliyagoda Police station on Feb 23, and had been threatened by Police who had been allegedly trying to intimidate his client.
Gooneratne claims that the officer intimidating his client was in civilian clothes and had been threatening to charge him with various offences.
Yesterday Gooneratne had asked his younger brother Migara, a Third-year Law student, to drop off some food for the client when he alleges a number of Police officers set upon him and beat him up.
“They attacked my brother thinking it was me,” Gooneratne posted.
Gooneratne had informed the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) about the matter and today the newly elected BASL President Saliya Peiris PC tweeted that “there should be zero tolerance of Police brutality. The perpetrators must be swiftly dealt with and prosecuted.”
When EconomyNext called the Police Media division we were told that they knew of no such incident and would find out and let us know.
The high-profile Police Media spokesman Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajith Rohana did not answer the phone. (Colombo, February 26, 2021)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana