"After being held at the Kotadeniyawa police station for three days, I was beaten and accused of committing this crime. They later took photos of me in the nude,” said the schoolboy who was discharged after being on remand for 12 days on suspicion of having killed Seya Sadevmi.
After he was disharged by Court he made this revelation. He also said, “On Wednesday the 16th four policemen came to my home. They were not in uniform. There was a friend of mine with me at that time. They took me and my friend with the laptop in a three wheeler saying they were taking us to record a statement. At the police station I was separated from my friend and taken to the back of the police station and forced to kneel. Then they beat me saying aren’t you the ones who committed this crime? My mother was not allowed to see me and I was not given any dinner. They continued to beat me. Then they removed my clothes and began to examine me, an ASP also joined in and took photos of me in the nude”
He said that he continued to deny the charge and say they were innocent of the crime. "They threatened to kill me, Later they took us to court and we were remanded in the Negombo Prison," he said. He said he was not involved in the crime and there were no photos of Seya on his laptop.
Kelum Aththanayake, the other suspect, said that he was taken into custody at about 2.30 am on the 16th. He said they covered his face and took him in a van to some place, but they did not remove his blindfold. They had later uncovered his face on the orders of the OIC. He was not kept at the police station but somewhere else. “The police questioned me about my relationship with Seya’s family and I replied to their questions. Later they took me to the police station but did not give me a proper meal. They hung me by a rope and severely beat me saying that we were responsible for the killing. They kept me for three days, and I continued to deny their accusations. They also beat me with a plastic pole. Later, after producing me in court and getting me remanded they continued to assault me.”
The mother of the schoolboy said she was happy that her son had finally been released and lamented that he had been falsely accused. She said she was grateful to the attorneys, the class teacher, other teachers at the school and the media for helping to get her son released. "After my son was taken into custody by the police most people looked at us differently, and some looked at my son as though he were a beast. When my son was on remand our relatives helped me a lot. They shared my grief on hearing about the assault by the police, it is my firm wish to educate my son, therefore I appeal to everyone not to treat my son like a criminal," she said.(Tharindu Jayawardene and Tony Karunanayake)
shoot the police officers in public who do this with ignorence and no knowledge of handling these issues.they accuse the innocent to get out of their problems. .
Yawn Yawn Friday, 02 October 2015 09:44 AM
This is shameful ..the police concerned must really be brought to trial otherwise how can the public ever have confidence that they will be treated fairly.
lee Friday, 02 October 2015 09:50 AM
He may be innocent on this case ..but he is a drug user and collects pornography and is still only school boy. Imagine what kind of citizen he will make someday..you can escape a DNA test ..but you cant escape karma..
ela boy Friday, 02 October 2015 09:56 AM
Hang the Police OIC first !
Siri Friday, 02 October 2015 10:01 AM
Cannot the Police draw some respect for once by treating a suspect with dignity and humanely, as someone is innocent until proved guilty? It could have been their own child. President and the Big shots - take your finger out and do something! (Great country - my foot!)
ANTON Friday, 02 October 2015 10:14 AM
MR. IGP, PLEASE GIVE YOUR RESIGNATION AND VANISH.
Kasun Friday, 02 October 2015 10:17 AM
They are creating criminals. This better get enough attention.
Yan Friday, 02 October 2015 11:57 AM
Are you insane??
Manasa Friday, 02 October 2015 12:03 PM
And there are still quite a number of people who think local police and judiciary is capable of delivering justice for the war affected.
jayaweera Friday, 02 October 2015 12:25 PM
Some policemen including officers behave like thugs, kicking demonstrators and even innocent people. Examples galore. Police torture is endemic!What is the IGP and the government doing about it?
Dinesh Friday, 02 October 2015 12:26 PM
the sad and sorry state of our POLICE who want to get quick results and think beating the crap out of anyone they suspect is the best way to get a confession, a totally medieval way of investigating....guilty until proven innocent seems to be the standard of this country. Trying to Introduce capital punishment in a system where proper investigation is forgotten in favor of a cohered quick confession is a travesty of justice. Also the Media should share the blame on sensationalism and lack of journalistic ethics in reporting incidents, looking at the news papers during that weeks after the horrible incident, the poor childs (seya) face was used over and over by the newspapers to sell their wares.
galleguy Friday, 02 October 2015 12:33 PM
Our local police is clever in turning goraka to wild bore by beating innocents.
Appu Friday, 02 October 2015 12:58 PM
Lot of people suffered like this from 1948. Now,because of technology, these men were released. Other wise, death sentance
sathees Friday, 02 October 2015 01:11 PM
Did we ever trust our police force.
BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 02 October 2015 09:44 AM
This is typical culture of the State Service in SL. The magistrate is also a buffalo for agreeing to remand these suspects on extremely frivolous grounds. All the police officers in this incident need to be NOT TRANSFERED but arrested for absolute criminality in their call for duty. We the public should also gather and throw stone both at the magistrate and the police for this grave injustice and sin.
Steven Friday, 02 October 2015 02:27 PM
The police must be held accountable! This is disgaceful.
tuan Friday, 02 October 2015 03:10 PM
Our police are there to salute the drug Lords
ram Friday, 02 October 2015 03:30 PM
It is true that how our police and other armed forces tortured the innocents.This same situation happened to Tamil during last 30 years and still going in some part of the country. no one can raised this except a few from the majority.
saranapala Friday, 02 October 2015 03:37 PM
IGP is one of them as well. He was keeping himself low profile on everything.
OMG Friday, 02 October 2015 03:41 PM
when head of the police dont know to clean them, how IGP, ASP, OIC etc can ever cleanse them self before they clean the rest of the force. The root to be corrected first.
OMG Friday, 02 October 2015 03:47 PM
first need to educate IGP to educate the other police men.
OMG Friday, 02 October 2015 03:49 PM
entire public should contribute to get a lawyer to sue these kind of police behavior
OMG Friday, 02 October 2015 03:51 PM
if that is the case, what IGP was doing all these while. hatching eggs?
Ramola Friday, 02 October 2015 04:07 PM
The government must pay compensation to these victims of police brutality.
Saint Friday, 02 October 2015 05:04 PM
Mr LEE - I am sure you are a SAINT. turn the seach light inwards
S.P.RAMKUMAR Friday, 02 October 2015 06:05 PM
out of few most of those police men are bloody uneducated, they have to be educated,
hang Saturday, 03 October 2015 11:04 AM
Hang him by his balls and the police can take photos.
Daily mirror Saturday, 03 October 2015 11:09 AM
I appeal to the editor of DM, that in this instance to print ALL the comments in the newspaper. Preferable in the Sunday times.
Martijn Treffers Friday, 02 October 2015 08:02 AM
This is torture. You need to get a lawyer and take the police to court. If not for yourself, do it for the other citizens of Sri Lanka who also face these absurd inhumane behaviour of the police. If someone can stop that, it is you.
simon Friday, 02 October 2015 03:15 AM
What a shame and how could we trust our police dept !
Veda-mama Friday, 02 October 2015 04:26 AM
No country needs a "Police Force" of this nature. Can the IGP ever cleanse this "Rotten Force?"
Ram Friday, 02 October 2015 05:14 AM
Where are the Human Rights Lawyers? Are they waiting for a fee to take this matter up? Where is the BASL? In my view BASL must take this matter up to have the errant Cops punished and the Government must pay compensation to the two students
Goliwog Friday, 02 October 2015 05:52 AM
So the sexual predators are the Police. This needs to be investigated. A gross violation of human rights. This too have to be taken up by the "Independent and internationally supported" investigation. I also suggest to investigate the Temples and Churches for child molestation. This is an area where this is rampant and an untouchable subject.
thinking Friday, 02 October 2015 06:34 AM
Such an unfair grave situation for this school boy. Who is going to take responsibility for all this, how is this poor boy going to be conpensated where are all the big mouth politicians now!
solico Friday, 02 October 2015 06:48 AM
Real disgrace to Srilanka Police Force.
Rara Avis Friday, 02 October 2015 06:48 AM
We have just been severely censored by a resolution in the UN Human Rights Commission. The Policemen involved in this should be hauled before the courts charged and imprisoned for violating the fundamental rights of these two innocent victims.
arosha Friday, 02 October 2015 06:51 AM
Standard Police procedure in Sri Lanka.
Suranga Friday, 02 October 2015 07:16 AM
We need a hybrid police!
ANTON Friday, 02 October 2015 07:25 AM
SORRY PUTHA, OUR BIG PEOPLE ARE TALKING BIG TALKS FOR BIG PEOPLE IN BIG COUNTRIES THAT REPRESENT UNHRC. MUST BE BIG HUMAN RIGHTS.
Axehead Friday, 02 October 2015 07:32 AM
Stupifying !!! We have criminals sitting in places of power, especially where law is debated and passed, whilst innocent schoolboys are subjected to abuse with no rhyme or reason.
sobers Friday, 02 October 2015 07:39 AM
Poor way of investigation. IGP, should take a serious note and educate the police. Innocents should not suffer.
Geneva Friday, 02 October 2015 07:58 AM
This is evidence hot hot. -Ziard of human rights Geneva , - include this as an sddendum to the publication already released, and demand an inquiry. If this happened to a male (School boy), there is no reason to disbelieve our war crimes of rape and other war crimes.on females.
NKH Friday, 02 October 2015 01:36 AM
End of the day thear is no different bitven the little girls murder and our police officer s via DM Android App
case Friday, 02 October 2015 08:02 AM
Do not let it pass - file a case against the perpetrators - identify them , and sack them AND demand adequate compensation from the perpetrators as well as the Govt (ie the Police dept) ALSO IGP before inderdicting the perpetrators (in the accepted police tradition ! ) promoted them to higher ranks !
public Friday, 02 October 2015 08:06 AM
Criminal charges MUST be brought against those officers, disciplinary action is utterly inadequate.
Gamarala Friday, 02 October 2015 08:11 AM
You should now file action in court to claim damages against the police for all the assaults, shame. Mental pain and sufferings happened to you and your son
RuwanL Friday, 02 October 2015 08:14 AM
We the public want an explanation from the police as to on what grounds this boy and the other innocent man were arrested. This is totally uncalled for as there should be some evidence to arrest an individual. This is not acceptable. The IGP should appoint a panel to investigate this as this should never happen again.
DJ Friday, 02 October 2015 08:18 AM
Our policeman should be trained in human rights
principle Friday, 02 October 2015 08:19 AM
The school principle to please arrange a grand function in school and welcome the boy - and if possible make him a prefect - This will make the boy more comfortable in school.
warning Friday, 02 October 2015 08:24 AM
The parents and the school boy are advised not to hive any hearing or refuse any contact with the Police. The police will use their usual tactics to threaten them with dire consequences if they take any action against them (the Police). So shun them (the Police) like plague..
ZeCops Friday, 02 October 2015 08:44 AM
Involved cops hired under white van architect ?
Thomas Friday, 02 October 2015 09:12 AM
Police brutality must end with this
Coconut Donkey Friday, 02 October 2015 09:15 AM
Simply unacceptable. I hope they take every possible measure to bring these errant cops to book and sack them immediately. This family needs to be heavily compensated by the state, made an example of for the rest of the garbage that call them selves police
The God Father Friday, 02 October 2015 09:16 AM
This is how the Sri Lankan police capture the criminals, innocents are being arrested while the real culprits roam free, I bet this could be one of the strategies to milk money from the parents of the 17 year old boy, inefficient to the maximum, these morons will definitely kill innocents if the capital punishment comes in to effect.We expected this to be changed in Yahapalanaya.
lkboy Friday, 02 October 2015 09:21 AM
sue the police and get compensation.
Jo Friday, 02 October 2015 09:42 AM
Utter disgrace on the Police force, its high time authorities intervene and clean up the force..! This innocent boys moral, his future, all ruined ..when will such things come to and end here!
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