Only minimal force if vehicles disregard order to stop: IGP

25 October 2016 08:28 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Rejecting reports that the police had no right to shoot at a vehicle for disregarding an order to stop, IGP Pujith Jayasundara said today the police could use minimal and necessary force in such cases.


He said the 53rd Clause of the Police Ordinance explains how and when to use minimal and necessary force.


“The Criminal Procedure Code, Evidence Ordinance and the Penal Code too stipulate as to how the police could take action. What’s important when executing action is whether there is an environment created to use force.  However, when it comes to the incident in which two Jaffna University students were allegedly killed by policemen, it seems there was a shortcoming on the part of the police officers,” he told the journalists at an event held in Anuradhapura to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Police Service.


The IGP said it was questionable whether there was the need to open fire at the students as the incident was not a robbery, organised attack or other life threatening event.


When asked about the Chunnakam incident in which two police intelligent officers were attacked by a gang, he said the assailants had attacked the officers without knowing their profession since they were on civics.


However, a group called ‘AAVA Gangsters’ claimed the responsibility for the sword attack on the two police officers and said the incident was an act of retaliation for the death of the university students.  .  (Athula Bandara)

 

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  • gdj100 Tuesday, 25 October 2016 09:12 PM

    So basically no punishment on AVAA? Does that mean AVAA may attack more civilians and you just pretend it was an act of retaliation? Nip this AVAA in the bud if not we may lose our hard-fought motherland.

    Kumar Tuesday, 25 October 2016 09:17 PM

    One suggestion for an effective police check point and reducing the chances of shooting. Check points should operate as pairs visible to each other and in radio contact with about 300 meters apart,if a vehicle doesn't stop at a check point it could be stopped at the next one by quickly blocking the road by some heavier vehicle.

    Mason Wednesday, 26 October 2016 12:52 PM

    Minimum force in Police parlance is SHOOT TO KILL !

    haris Wednesday, 26 October 2016 04:16 PM

    Despite my mistrust of the police when you are stopped at a check point you should stop. Mr Pujitha is not defending his own profession ." not a robbery, organised attack or other life threatening event " statement is not a reason to let people break the law and disregard police. If you don't have any thing to hide why not stop.

    Des Wednesday, 26 October 2016 04:26 PM

    AAVA another LTTE?


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