Man dies in Wadduwa police cell

17 April 2012 05:12 am - 31     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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A 42-year-old  father of three identified who was a key witness in a Human Right case filed against the Wadduwa Police OIC and Police constables  was found dead inside the cell of the Wadduwa police station on Sunday.

The relatives of the victim said they were suspicious about the death and  requested the Inspector General of Police to hold an inquiry.

Panadura Acting Magistrate Ramani De Saram visited the Wadduwa Police, inspected the  police cell and held the Magisterial Inquiry. She recorded the evidence of the victim’s eldest son Thushara Sampath  who said he was informed on on Sunday morning that his father Chandrasiri Dahanayaka had been arrested by the policemen of the Wadduwa Police while he was cycling along the Galle Road  at Thalpitiya South.

The police alleged he was in the possession of two ganja cigars. When the son went to the Wadduwa police  to meet his father who was in the Police cell he saw a bleeding injury on his face. He had come home and informed his mother.  When he came back to the police again he was told that his father had died and the police had taken the body to the Panadura Base Hospital.

The witness told the acting magistrate that his father was a key witness in a human right case filed against the Wadduwa Police OIC and certain police constables by a hotel owner.  The witness said he suspected that the police had assaulted his father as an act of revenge. Panadura AJMO Dr.  S Sumbamanium performed the autopsy and said he was unable to confirm the cause of the death.

He recommended that the specimen of certain parts of the body be sent to the Government Analyst for examination and report. Further inquiry was put off for April 20.

Panadura Police are conducting investigations on the direction of the Panadura SSP  H M Dharmasena.

Meanwhile the matter was brought to the notice of D I G Western Province and the Inspector General of Police by the children and relatives of the deceased who called for an impartial inquiry into the death of Chandrasiri Dahanayake. (K. S. Fernando)




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  • Surfing Citizen Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:38 AM

    only way to get justice is to send the body overseas for an autopsy and get a true and Independent medical report. hope someone will come forward and sponsor to achieve this. all state institutions are crooked right from the top to the core.

    Private Eye Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:50 AM

    Does this story not sound familiar. It seesm to be occuring with frightening regularity. In GOD we trust ......

    Shaik Ahamath Tuesday, 17 April 2012 01:15 PM

    The absolute independence of the AJMO Panadura must be confirmed if justice is seen to be done. If the AJMO has to depend on the police for his clients, then that has to change to guarantee impartiality.

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:44 AM

    Three cheers for UN, USA and India. Now we know who Russians and Chinese actually are.

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 17 April 2012 09:32 AM

    The world realised this many years ago. We Sri Lankans naturally take time because we like patriotic baila.

    peter Tuesday, 17 April 2012 09:33 AM

    Situation is very pathetic.
    No human rights are respected by the authorities responsible.

    Ruwani Tuesday, 17 April 2012 09:53 AM

    what a hell?? sri lanka brutal police.?

    sltk2004 Tuesday, 17 April 2012 09:33 AM

    This looks like an international conspiracy to tarnish the image of the Sri Lankan Police and the government in general.

    Asitha Tuesday, 17 April 2012 09:40 AM

    Yes very true, Some of the people who put comments in favour of the government and shop to it, What would guys say now. If at least even a one person support current regime it is shame on you.

    Fusion Tuesday, 17 April 2012 09:30 AM

    5 years ago if someone said SL will be like North Korea, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, etc I would have said 'impossible' with a huge laugh. But now......It is becoming a no-win situation for the people.

    Kris Tuesday, 17 April 2012 10:15 AM

    When you analyse and compare a normal citizen and a Police constable, I think normal people should be given weapons to control policemen who are upto all dirty work.

    willows Tuesday, 17 April 2012 10:30 AM

    over to UNHRC

    Sam Tuesday, 17 April 2012 06:20 AM

    Impartial inquiry? in this country? my foot. Law of the jungle.

    Vish Tuesday, 17 April 2012 06:53 AM

    These bloody policemen should be hung. Maha Rajo can you see what is happening. When your bloody GOLAYAS are shooting each other braod day light middle of the road what can you expect from the MONKEY POlice?

    Ram Perera Tuesday, 17 April 2012 06:45 AM

    If the AJMO panadura is unable to confirm the cause of death, whilst the Govrnment Analyst does his part another autopsy must be held by a more senior Doctor in Colombo. Cause of death is very vital in the investigation when the alleged suspects are the Police
    Ram

    Roshan Khan Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:02 AM

    The people who has the power can do anything,
    others must shut their everything ...

    Wonder of Asia ... !!! Superb.

    Sunil Ataha Tuesday, 17 April 2012 06:31 AM

    Gota over to you

    Citizen Silva Tuesday, 17 April 2012 06:43 AM

    Mr. Kiriella vindicated for saving one life by not revealing the name of the mother who found the policeman who abducted her so.

    Eng Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:03 AM

    huh...

    Asitha Tuesday, 17 April 2012 06:57 AM

    Gota. Are you in concious or unconciou over this matter. Do we have a law and order in this country?

    hema Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:07 AM

    police unta owa business karana ungen pagawa ganna puluwan .....bona evunwa thama maranne....ane mehema neethiyak .

    Kolomba Kaka Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:08 AM

    Another HR case closed for good! More fodder for UNHCR?

    Guti Kana Ratawesiya Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:20 AM

    When Gura does something standing, the Golayas doing it while running.
    Poor Mother Sri Lanka...!!!

    faqi Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:20 AM

    A second autopsy should be performed immediately on the body as the first one says - undetermined - I am not surprised as the doctor who performed the autopsy is a Tamil in a Sinhala area and would not want to cross swords with the local police. It is imperative a second autopsy be performed to find the cause of death. In the mean time the OIC and other Police personnel should be sent on administrative leave until the cause of death is determined before they try to cover their tracks.

    Fithna Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:35 AM

    Baduma Thama.

    Sajith Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:25 AM

    Do you realizse now that the UN resolution against Sri Lanka was not against the country, but against the bad governnance.

    raj Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:26 AM

    and some people wanted Lakshman Kiriella to discolose the witness on abduction case. No wonder he refused to do that.

    Senerath Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:10 AM

    You are a comic, a real comic lol.

    francis Tuesday, 17 April 2012 12:45 PM

    shame shame sri lankabeing a buddhist country why people are so wicked govt must punish the culprits dont defend the villany police

    Gamini Sen Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:44 AM

    Conscious to safe gueard the unconscious, Otherwise unconscious totally.

    lovesri Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:31 AM

    Condolence to the family members.


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