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.