Police deny murder claims

22 February 2010 12:54 pm - 50     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Gandhya Senanayaka

The police strongly denied claims that they had murdered a farmer in Inginiyagala and insisted that he had died after escaping police custody and jumping into the Inginiyagala Samudra lake. The death of the farmer had sparked tensions in the area today.

Police spokesman SP Preshantha Jayakody stated that the suspect was taken into custody after he created a commotion at the Moragahapalama temple and threatened the priest. After he was taken into custody and was being escorted the suspect had escaped by jumping into the Inginiyagala Samudra Lake.

The police and the people in the area had requested the suspect to come ashore but he had not cooperated and had drifted to a part of the lake where the current of the lake was believed to be strong.

The body of the suspect was recovered this morning near the side of the lake, he said.    




  Comments - 50

  • Monday, 22 February 2010 09:22 PM

    It's not first or the last ... What is happening to Sri lanka? It's not a Buddhist country, anymore.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 09:46 PM

    Human life, is most unsafe, while in police custody.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 10:21 PM

    Does anyone know why drugs and kasippu dens are thriving in Sri Lanka?

    Monday, 22 February 2010 11:44 PM

    Very pathetic!

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 12:07 AM

    'Hora' Police!

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 12:12 AM

    You voted ... Now pay for it.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 12:23 AM

    Dear Mr. IGP ... shame, shame, shame on you ... and the entire police department.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 01:00 PM

    Yet another con by the Police. No one going to escape from police to then commit suicide. For SL Police this is business as usual. No enquiries and no one will be brought to books.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 01:06 PM

    This is a smart work of sri lankan police. Not the first not the last How many poeple were killed by sri lankan police so ?

    Monday, 22 February 2010 01:07 PM

    Its time to bring back the hanging tree

    Monday, 22 February 2010 01:12 PM

    It reminds us the Bambalapitiya incident.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 01:19 PM

    All of us know, what happen in Babalpitiya.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 01:22 PM

    Police brutality... What else can it be? As long as they have the suport of those whom they do favours for, this will continue.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 01:23 PM

    Police cannot be wrong, when even Navy officers in distinguished company, are getting drowned in our inland lakes. But I feel deeply sad for the family of the victim.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 01:34 PM

    If he was escorted by the police and then how he escaped and jumped into the Lake. These are the real funny stories police made to public.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 01:38 PM

    The Sri Lanka Police has earned for themselves a rotten reputation! This is a great shame and no "simple denials by the "cops" will make our simple and helpless folk change their minds. IGP, address this issue and CHANGE.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 01:53 PM

    In essence the police is responsible for his death, indirectly. Their past and present behavious has contributed to the farmer's action resulting in his death.

    Isn't this called involuntary manslaughter?

    Monday, 22 February 2010 01:58 PM

    And we are supposed to believe that it is not an "encounter" killing. Can smell some similarity with the Bambalapitiya drowning !

    Monday, 22 February 2010 02:09 PM

    Police we saw what happned in Bambalapitiya. shame this is Sri Lanka Police. IGP, what is your action on this matter?

    Monday, 22 February 2010 02:20 PM

    We loose all hope, when law enforcers become
    suspects. Haven't we heard these denials and excuses before.
    Who is to police the police. ?

    Monday, 22 February 2010 02:20 PM

    Have the police ever accepted responsibility in any crime commited by their own? This is a lawless country. Too bad.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 02:23 PM

    Had he escaped with hand-cuff mr.IDP?

    Monday, 22 February 2010 02:25 PM

    farmer want to do only farming not a polities ....

    Monday, 22 February 2010 02:26 PM

    To hang corrupt police force

    Monday, 22 February 2010 02:36 PM

    This is no dought the handywork of our infamous "Sri Lanka Police". When will this end?

    Monday, 22 February 2010 02:42 PM

    From My child hood these things are happening in a same manner, Same media report, Same action by Police. This will help to realize that we are having a system but it is not functioning. People is also will try to count body as one or two and then consider it ANICHAWATHA SANKARA....Until people will relize the validity of human life and dignity for its role or If our leaders dont direct the society into that direction we will here same stories. Please dont look at it as a one dead body. Please respect the his life and its role in the society. This is a civilized society or not? I think NO.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 02:48 PM

    Hey, come on SL Police, don't plat HORA POLICE. It is nothing but UTTER SHAME!

    Monday, 22 February 2010 02:51 PM

    Killers in uniform. Angulane, Bambalapitiya now Inginiyagala.
    To whom the public can turn to.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 02:54 PM

    Aren't the police trained in search and rescue. ?.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 03:01 PM

    After taking the armorious from polic, they have discoverd a way to assinate innocence

    Monday, 22 February 2010 03:23 PM

    permit to kill i know what they are doing simply say jump to the lake,jump to the sea, jump to the train, try to shoot to us........ finely found accuse die.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 03:30 PM

    the situation of the country is sickening

    Monday, 22 February 2010 03:34 PM

    police disorder..!

    Monday, 22 February 2010 03:42 PM

    where is the armed forces commander?is he just a puppet watching all this events..where is his suba anaghatayak theme?

    Monday, 22 February 2010 03:44 PM

    However the farmer died in the custody of police, how he died is at this juncture a secondary fact, so the respected officers should be questioned and if necessary punished.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 03:55 PM

    Killing is the way of Life, It has Now become our first and Foremost Religion

    Monday, 22 February 2010 04:01 PM

    when ther is lawless in the country i am not supprised to see these news headlines and imgaes. We can see more during and after the G/election

    Monday, 22 February 2010 04:04 PM

    What didn't they deny??? And I'm wondering as to what happened to the Moratuwa murder case and the Vaas gunawardena's wife's attack on SLIIT student......... And of course. the Bambalapitiya Drowning...

    Monday, 22 February 2010 04:23 PM

    Always 2 sides to a story Readers should not get too emotional and get blind by facts. The man is supposed to have gone to the deep end of the lake where there are strong currents. What can anyone do/

    Monday, 22 February 2010 05:07 PM

    When was the last time a humble truth told by the police? A good plot for an upcoming movie to be made!!!! Another innocent farmer..... and many more innocents to follow.... along the trails of the Bamba incident.....

    Monday, 22 February 2010 05:11 PM

    The police had this practice for several years, upon the so called LTTE 'Suspects' in Tamil areas.
    This created more support to the terrorists.
    Now they are extending their dirty practice to the south.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 05:15 PM

    Politically motivated police running amok. No more justice just get read of.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 05:38 PM

    Even so, the police is fully responsible ...

    Monday, 22 February 2010 05:45 PM

    It's better to commit 'suicide' than being in the hands of SL police?

    Monday, 22 February 2010 05:52 PM

    "Taken into custody after he created a commotion at the Moragahapalama temple and threatened the priest" is just too vague ... Why or what was he protesting against, at the temple? Isn't providing such supplementary information part of responsible journalism?

    Monday, 22 February 2010 06:11 PM

    Words like 'escorted' and 'requested,' in relation to the SL police, could make me laugh ... We all saw how the police were 'requesting' a mentally ill person to come ashore, at Bambalapitiya ...

    Monday, 22 February 2010 06:20 PM

    Bunch of ruthless brutes!

    Monday, 22 February 2010 06:24 PM

    Back to the 'dark ages.'

    Monday, 22 February 2010 06:28 PM

    A non-political honest man has no place in SL!

    Monday, 22 February 2010 06:34 PM

    I think by 2050, Sri Lanka will be an empty jungle. It seems that only corruption and violence run through our blood-streams. God save Sri Lanka!

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