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By Lakmal Sooriyagoda

The Colombo Fort Magistrate making a judgment today on the drowning of a youth in Bambalapitiya last year said that it was clear, based on the available evidence, the youth was forced to drown by the suspects in custody including a police officer.

The youth, who drowned last October, was seen on television being prevented from entering the shores by men holding up poles, forcing him to go deep into the sea and drown. Four people including two police officers were arrested over the incident but one police officer died while in custody.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate refused bail for the three suspects and ordered the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) to carry out further investigations.

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  • Thursday, 22 April 2010 03:47 PM

    Please madam or Sir, give the maximem punishment to the poeple who forced this poor "Mentaly Retarted Youth" to die.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 09:09 AM

    Clearly there is a Minority issue in this land. Finally the drowned guy was a Tamil… So one solution for solving this kind of violation is letting Tamils be on their own. North and East is historically ruled by Tamils, therefore they should have the rights to decide their administration and live peacefully in their historical land.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 09:31 AM


    Thursday, 22 April 2010 10:09 AM

    Pls dont give them bail - the victim raised both his hands in surrender while he was in the water but the police continued to assault him. Pls note the world is watching our human rights record.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 10:17 AM

    yes absolutely, u can feel the fearlessness inside you when you walk the Arab country roads even in midnight, because of the strict law

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 10:44 AM

    kartic, your solution is very are trying to create unnecessary problems again.every body must have the right to live in any part of the country.get rid of your atitude.every nationality must get mixed in every people have to beware of police .politician have spolit the police of sri lanka

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 11:05 AM

    dream man, so do you want all of us to be drowned in sea like this incident. Ok, if you say politicians have spoilt the police of sri lanka whats the solution for that? Can you change the politicians who are spoiling the police and bring good politicians? If you can do that, il stop asking stupid solutions as you mentioned

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 12:21 PM

    no excuse please.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 12:37 PM

    karthik,dont talk about imposible the moment tamil and sinhalese are mixed.south ,central,east every whear.according to your idea,bambalapitiya is also your historical area.who told dont know the history of many incidents same to the bama are hapaning every where. the only difirance here is this one happend in front of camara.sinhalese are also facing this problam you dont think about it. you are selfish.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 02:15 PM

    Great judgement..and justice has been done.What about the kaduwela,lunawa and Ampara incidents of beating an IT student,killing two youths and beating a soldier of veddha origin by Sri Lanka Police?

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 02:16 PM

    Justice should prevail without any bias !

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 03:06 PM

    Brother Karthik: Giving the Tamils a say in running their own affairs is not going to solve the problem of stupidity, gross incompetance and ignorance. Especially within the forces of law and order and amongst politicians. Yes there are stupid Tamil politicians and stupid Tamil Policemen. How will you exclude this occuring in your Tamil Homeland governed by such fools?. Clearly as the many posts in this paper suggests a significant number of people in SL are against this sort of acts by uneducated policemen and the like. The answer lies in educating those who uphold the lasw in the real laws of humanity.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 03:09 PM

    In the eyes of western world Srilanka is a country of 90%babarians

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 03:44 PM


    Thursday, 22 April 2010 08:51 AM

    Stating the obvious. A Big Thank You for TNL for their civic mindedness. If that TV clip was not in existence, all the rogues who murdered the innocent man would have gone scot free, for lack of evidence.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 05:27 PM

    Excellent judgment! Keep it up! This country needs this!

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:53 PM

    If it weren't for TNL the police would have called it a 'suicide' and misled court.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:15 PM

    Thanks to the the video footage, justice prevails. Otherwise the victim would have been labeled an 'LTTE suspect.'

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 10:29 PM

    The judgement was easy , since there may not have been any political backing into the incident.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 11:45 PM

    I am not sure if this is a good judgment because the suspects were not sentenced. I think the judge is trying to skirt around the obvious guilty verditct he should have given. No surprise.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 12:35 AM

    Oh come on Karthik, be a bit rational ! There types of things have happened when the LTTE ruled the North and East too.
    The LTTE could abduct or kill people and there was no one to stop them !
    Anyway I applaud the Magistrate for the impartial decision made .
    Let Justice prevail !

    Friday, 23 April 2010 02:18 AM

    Compare the reports (as members of the public).of other daily's and our Daily Mirror reporting on the incident..
    Others reports that the youth was drowned, a normal case of drowning!!!!
    But Daily Mirror reports the truth, the true Judgment The Youth was forced to drown by the suspects in custody including a police officer.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 02:23 AM

    This is one of the thousands maybe even tens of thousands of discriminate acts that tamil people in sri lanka have to put up with since independence day. Every body in the comments section seems want justice brought on this issue but claim that there is no tamil problem in this country. This is the prime example of the tamil problem right in the center of that video.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 04:34 AM

    Agree. Need really tough punishments, and have to be meted out by the courts quickly. It is the only way to instill fear in the antisocial elements in SL.
    What's the point of having a system where the criminal is rarely ever caught, and even if he is, the case takes so long that he lives a normal life till the judgement comes 40 years later (when they may have died of old age). And on the reare occassion punishment is given, it seems 20 times less harsh than the initial crime.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 04:35 AM

    Agree. The chief should have his people under control and properly trained. If he is incapable of doing this he should resign.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 04:49 AM

    They wouldn't get bail, because they would have been released without charge the day after they got arrested

    Friday, 23 April 2010 05:47 AM

    I see no point in making any comment because DM never publishes them.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 06:43 AM

    Shamil, you forgot to mention the Criminals flourishing under the feet of politicians! These criminals have total immunity and never brought to justice!

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:06 AM

    thanks to private media stations, justice prevails at least for some amount with them providing evidences...

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:21 AM

    Until the curses on this soil by such acts of crime is revoked, there will be no total peace in this land!!

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:23 AM

    Courage shows up in small amounts and randomly but it certainly gives some kind of light at the end of this
    very dark tunnel.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:26 AM

    Why should they be given bail? Do the lawyers representing the men in custody even have a conscience? IT was pure MURDER, the evidence is there and nothing more is needed NOT even further investigation.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:29 AM

    at last somebody has the guts to preserve our civilization and civil rights. Hope the politicians will not try to use influence and let justice prevail. Well done your honor, I respect your civil courage at all events.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:29 AM

    Your Hon. we appreciate your judgment, Law of this country is supreme, all citizens are bound by this Law, but some including Politicians, Police, and other privileged behave as if thy are above the Law, But ultimately they have to face the truth, This is a good lesson to all our Politicians & Police who break the Law

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:29 AM

    Very good judgement. I appreciate the Judge.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:31 AM

    Finally we see some justice being done...but i wonder when will this case end....

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:41 AM


    Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:42 AM

    If there is already evidence for forced drowning, which is deliberate muder, pure and simple, why waste time on further investigations?

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:43 AM

    Hahaha Good Thought " i wonder when will this case end "

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:47 AM

    A Saudi kind of punishment should be implemented
    to avoid these kind of events in the future.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:49 AM

    this is the only country where people kill relatives and friends during new year. the crime rate is higher during the festival. no one can stop this till they bring the death sentence.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:52 AM

    Very good judgement....... No second chance

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:19 AM

    thanks for the TNL crew.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:10 AM

    whatever..he is dead...and his parents and loved ones doesn't have him point

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:12 AM

    True that...

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:13 AM

    If it was a civilized society, shouldn't the police chief take responsibility and resign?What happened to the Vass Gunewardena case??Under the carpet??What was the deal?? can we be happy with justice?/Call is yours, do not just jump into conclusions by seeing a staement of a majestrate, long way for justice!!!

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:22 AM

    Magistrate, why did you take so long to order this? We knew the same day that he was forced to drown by this policeman who died in his cell 'cos of his 'karma'.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:38 AM

    Batman & Holman, I understand your frustration. But lets give some credit to the judge and appreciate the verdict. In a lawless society like ours, something like this gives some hope. One step at a time guys.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:42 AM

    For all those who watched the man being drowned on video its more or less "cold blooded murder" so the culprits should get the death sentence. And for all those citizens who just stood there watching..."you will live with this guilt for not putting a stop to it".

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:42 AM

    Happy to see all the comments which specifically tell one thing that the people want to see justice prevail. It's good sign for the country where there has been a lot of injustice for years and hope that there will be a good future in SL where all the people can live peacefully without fear.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 08:01 AM

    Why is the court using the term"forced to drown" in this instance? Do the courts say a person killed by a knife or shot to death was "forced to die"? Sounds like a conspiracy to reduce the gravity of the crime because the victim was a member of a marginalized community.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 08:01 AM

    TNL has nothing to do with this except the fact that they are located on the building near the scene.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 08:18 AM

    Everybody knew & saw on TV as well as live near marine drive in Bamba, the victim was murded by four people. The killers well identified. Why again further investigation and and using the term "forced to drown". Is there any attempts to realesed the culprits???? Because SriLanka is famous for these sort of things in the past compared to other countries in the world.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 08:26 AM

    thank god these guys are not connected to the Royal family of SL....if they were they would have got bail

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 08:41 AM

    I admire the courage of the judge-wish him the very best in life

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 08:48 AM

    IGP Andare Balasuriya, what have you to say? and hmmmm.... where is Vas Gunawardena?

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