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In response to the viral video which showed two traffic Police officers assaulting a disabled motorcyclist, the Police had issued a statement saying that “the officers had used minimum force and that the Police respected the disabled”.

The video of the alleged assault went viral in the social media in which two traffic Police officers attached to the Kahatagasdigiliya Police assaulting a disabled motorcyclist.

The Police said that the motorcyclist was riding without a helmet, and had continued to ride after the two Police officers had signaled him to stop on Tuesday.
The statement said that the Police officers had intercepted and stopped him.

“When the officers were about to search him, the motorcyclist had removed his prosthetic leg and attempted to avoid from taking him into custody,” it said.

“Meanwhile, Police brought him under control by using the minimum force and found the man to be under the influence of alcohol and he didn’t posses a valid driving license.

“The Police officers carried out a breathalyzer test to ascertain the extent of the intoxication and released on Police bail and informed to him to be present in court yesterday.

The statement said:

“Actions have been taken by the Police to file a case in Kahatagasdigiliya Magistrate’s Court against the suspect on charges of riding a motor cycle, while under influence of liquor, riding without wearing a helmet and not processing a valid driving license and disobeying Police signals.

“The suspect, Jayarathnage Karunarathna is a resident of the Kahatagasdigiliya Police Division, who had been convicted nine occasions earlier at the Kahatagasdigiliya Magistrate’s Court.

“It has also been revealed that this person is in practice of terrorizing the residents of the area and was involved in many occasions in disputes with the Police,” the statement said.

 “Police had used the minimum power entitled under the law when he was taken into custody. Someone who had videoed the incident had released it to the social media.

“However, investigations have begun under the supervision of an ASP under the instruction of the Anuradhapura SSP. After the investigation disciplinary action will be taken if Police officers were found to have used power beyond the limit.

“The Police give due respect and honour to the war heroes and the disabled,” the statement said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
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  • lalkantha Friday, 25 September 2015 12:35 AM

    We must really "commend" the brave Police Officers. Unfortunately, the man did not have any money on him. That must have confounded the offense !

    Riyas Malwana Thursday, 24 September 2015 05:28 PM

    What ever said and seen what the Police do in public, at last it is the Police B report that has a say in the court house and not what was seen by the people or the agony of the victims as the famous saying goes that the Police can do wonders.One thing the young people in the society should know is the Police do not like to be friendly with the general public. Even the general public consider it a bit of a shy if he happens to visit a Police station.Because the police respects only the special variety of people who have no respect to the law of the country. Therefore the law abiding people should know whither the Police of this country.Even in a court of Law it is the "B" report that has the weight in their scale .

    gamarala Friday, 25 September 2015 12:13 PM

    Where is Malabe BMW akka to teach these karkies how to treat innocent people on the streets

    target Friday, 25 September 2015 07:14 AM

    The poilce will questioning those concerned how they got this "doctored" video. all TV stations beware. - This happens to be the present trend in investigations.

    Perera Friday, 25 September 2015 07:23 AM

    Can anyone draw a line between minimum force and excessive force!

    moiez Thursday, 24 September 2015 06:47 PM

    Yes what ever said and done the police has no right to beat a disabled person infront of many people on the street and even if he is drunk the police can handcuff the person and call the police car and hand over this is not right to do and even the police ?? should behave well in front of other citizens of this country.And IGP should take stern action to dismiss these cops and more over there are not much of educated policemen in the police force their discipline is nill.

    Mason Thursday, 24 September 2015 06:48 PM

    The video shows the "MINIMUM FORCE" used by the police. They are always able to concote reasons for their brutal behaviour. The poor public suffer because there are none to take up their cause.

    Kumar Thursday, 24 September 2015 08:30 PM

    This why international judges required in Sri Lanka. Domestic system is use less

    Bippity Boppity Boo Thursday, 24 September 2015 08:35 PM

    Just imagine what it would have been in the North and the East during the war. Channel 4 may be correct.

    indra Thursday, 24 September 2015 08:39 PM

    This shows the Cruelty and the brutality of Sri Lanka Police.Is this part of Yahapalanaya?IGP must take action on this issue.


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