ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena intervened directly to stop police covering up the murder of two Jaffna university student and got five police officers immediately interdicted.
Shortly after police headquarters dismissed the death of two students as a fatal motorcycle accident, Sirisena got the information department to issue a fresh statement setting the record straight.
"Five police officers suspected for the case have been arrested and immediately interdicted," the information department statement said contradicting Inspector -General Pujith Jayasundara’s headquarters.
The police said the two students – aged 23 and 24 – had hit a wall and died of serious injuries, a claim disproved in the autopsy which showed that at least one of them was killed due to a gunshot injury.
President Sirisena’s intervention came a week after he censured the work of the police department.
The death of the two students had sparked tension in the Jaffna peninsula which is recovering after some of the bloodiest fighting during the 37-year Tamil separatist war that ended in May 2009.
There was no immediate comment from the police chief following the presidential intervention to ensure justice to victims, a day after a UN human rights expert asked Colombo to demonstrate its commitment to protect minorities.
(COLOMBO, October 21, 2016)