Over two hundred statements have been taken by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) mainly from policemen including SP’s and ASP’s over the clash which took place in Katunayake between the police and workers of the Free Trade Zone (FTZ).
In the meantime, Acting Inspector General of Police, Senior DIG N.K. Ilangakoon has ordered the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to submit a report on the clash which took place in the Katunayake Free Trade Zone (FTZ) between the police and FTZ workers in two weeks time.
The special desk will continue to record complaints from the public against the police on how they conducted their duty. They have also taken statements from garment workers as well, the police said. Till the investigations are concluded the security, law and order will be maintained by the Army and the elite Special Task Force (STF).
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mahinda Balasuriya in the aftermath of the clash submitted his retirement papers to the President.
Since taking over, the Acting IGP, Senior DIG N.K Illangakoon has given firm instructions to the CID to speed up the investigations and submit an impartial report.
The two police officers, a CI and IP arrested in connection with the death of the Katunayake Free Trade Zone worker who was injured in a clash with police, were remanded by the Negombo Magistrate until June 13.
They were attached to the Negombo Police Division. The police on Monday initiated an impartial investigation to probe the clash as the President had ordered to submit a report on the clash.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered a probe as to how police were sent to the Katunayake Free Trade Zone (FTZ) on Monday despite orders by the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa not to send police to control FTZ workers.
During the clash, 15 policemen and officers including Puttalam DIG Ravi Wijegunawardena were injured along with dozens of garment workers. Seven of them were still undergoing treatment at the Ragama General Hospital. (Supun Dias)