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Suspicious death of man while in the hands of PNB

14 November 2011 11:15 am - 1     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A Colombo Court today ordered the Fort police to arrest all suspects involved in a 30-year-old man's death when he went to the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) to sign the case book on October 30. Delivering the verdict of the inquest into the death of Mohammed Sathak Mohammed Fahim of Maligawatta, Colombo Fort Magistrate Ms. Lanka Jayaratne ruled that there was reasonable suspicion that a crime had been committed and the police was ordered to conduct further investigations and arrest all those involved in the incident.   
Filing a B report in court, the Fort police had informed of a statement given by a PNB officer stating that the man died due to suffocation by drinking water at the PNB. Perusing the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s (JMO) report over the death, the Magistrate observed that the stomach and the gullet of the deceased did not contain a significant amount of food or water and thereby the statement was contrary to the JMO report.

The Colombo Judicial Medical Officer Dr. Ananda Samarasekara maintained that the death was due to asphyxia following the abnormal posture of the body and compression of the upper trunk. “There were fresh injuries and marks in and around the mouth and nose consistent with pressurisation. There were minor and fresh injuries in the head and limbs; they are consistent with blunt force trauma,” the JMO report stated.

The JMO report further stated that all the internal organs of the deceased did not show significant pre-existing natural diseases.
The Magistrate finally observed that the statements given by PNB officers regarding the injuries in the body of the deceased were contrary to the JMO report. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 1

  • chitra. Monday, 14 November 2011 01:09 PM

    Please police be smart and arrest all the PNB officers and take them to court.It is sad to hear that the youth went to sign a book and ended up in a coffin.What sort of a society is it?The war may be over but no end to the killings and the abductions.

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