ECONOMYNEXT – The entire staff of the Embilipitiya police attempted to supress facts and fabricate evidence after causing the death of a 29-year-old man following a brutal assault on party goers, an internal investigation has found.
Even the telephone operator of the Embilipitiya police was found to have taken part in a massive cover up of an inhuman attack on civilians, including children and pregnant women on January 4, according to a report.
Police headquarters sources said the report commissioned by Inspector General N. K. Illangakoon has revealed the involvement of Assistant Superintendent D. W. C. Dharmaratne who was on Sunday transferred to Kuliyapitiya division.
It is also found that the ASP was the instigator of the entire operation to attack party goers under the pretext that they had assaulted a police constable and a sergeant, both of whom have been found to have lied in their statements.
However, investigators have found that neither policeman had been assaulted as initially claimed by them and both were outside the building when police reinforcements led by the ASP barged in and smashed everything inside.
Party goers have said that the dispute erupted when members of the police patrol demanded arrack and it was not provided.
A ruling party senior said it was refreshing to see an internal investigation which got to the bottom of the incident without trying to cover it up as has happened in recent decades.
The January 4 police attack led to the death of 29-year-old Sumith Prasanna Jayawardena. An inquest is yet to be completed and forensic reports as well as an analysis of telephone records of police is yet to be completed.
The Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka has already lodged another complaint over attempts by police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera to prevent reporters covering the inquest proceedings last week.
Gunasekera has denied he blocked journalists, but he has since been removed from leading evidence at the inquest following a barrage of protests against him.
A separate inquiry is to be held into his conduct which has ben criticised by several government ministers as well as the opposition which ridiculed his claims that Jayawardena jumped from a third floor to escape the police.
"This is ridiculous. Surely, this man is not a spider man," JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told parliament last week. The victims widow has told police that she saw ASP Dharmaratne push her husband to his death. (COLOMBO, Jan 17, 2016)