Peliyagoda Police assault: AG orders all Cops involved arrested
ECONOMYNEXT – Attorney General Dappula de Livera has ordered the Police to arrest all the police officers allegedly involved in the assault on law student Migara Gunaratne at the Peliyagoda Police station last week, the AG’s office said.
The Public Security Minister Adm. (Ret) Sarath Weerasekara had earlier ordered the interdiction of a group of Police officers who allegedly assaulted the student who had been visiting a detainee at the Peliyagoda police station.
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 Guneratne is the son of politician Maithri Guneratne and the younger brother of Attorney-at-Law Charitha Guneratne.
In a social media post, Charitha 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.
He claims that the officer intimidating his client was in civilian clothes and had been threatening to charge him with various offences.
On February 25 he 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,” the lawyer claimed.
Guneratne had informed the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) about the matter and 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.” (Colombo, March 3, 2021)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana