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In a letter to the Inspector General of Police, 44 civil society activists and 14 organisations have demanded an independent investigation into the killing of suspects while in police custody.


The civil society organisations and activists are urging IGP Chandana Wickramaratne to convert the Sri Lanka Police Department to an institute that respects human rights. 

Among the civil society activists signing the public petition were Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda, senior journalist Victor Ivan, Attorney-at-law Dr Nimalka Fernando, Fr. Rohan Silva, Dharmasiri Lankapeli, Ruki Fernando and Upali Kolambage. This letter has also been signed by 14 civil society organisations including Sri Lanka Young Journalists’ Association and Young Lawyers’ Association.


H.L. Lasantha alias Tinkering Lasantha had been shot dead in Kalutara on the 26th of November morning while being taken to recover hidden weapons. The letter calls for the enforcement of the law against all police officers who are responsible for the killings, despite the information being provided about the killings of the suspects in police custody.
The letter stated that Attorney-at-law Sanjaya Ariyadasa had contacted the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) informing that he has instructions that his client had been apprehended by the officers of the Kalutara Divisional Criminal Investigation Bureau and that he has information that his client will be killed in custody by the police.


The letter further states is an insult to the law enforcement authorities since the incident took place at the time IGP and several other officials have been informed regarding the possibility of killing the suspect while in police custody.( Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

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  • Ramesh Monday, 29 November 2021 09:46 AM

    Very sorry , we are not used to that kind of transformation.

    Jude Monday, 29 November 2021 10:05 AM

    No point approaching the IGP!! He's a political appointee and a stooge of Rajapaksa clan !!

    Saradiel Monday, 29 November 2021 10:13 AM

    Celebrate this criminals death the way people rejoiced when BinLaden was killed.

    Freddy Foxx Monday, 29 November 2021 10:29 AM

    Just like trying to teach a dumb mutt (a dog) to walk on his hind legs.

    Razmi Monday, 29 November 2021 11:21 AM

    Humans are Dead Mr. Police! TV Channel Operator's will taken your Job! Bloody Joker's

    VJ Monday, 29 November 2021 03:40 PM

    A senior police officer who would have been IG but didn’t have the right connection once said “ politicians treat the police like a dog treating a lamp post”

    Anne Karunaratne Monday, 29 November 2021 04:13 PM

    In other words, Police to be civilized

    Waco Tuesday, 30 November 2021 08:52 AM

    In Sri Lanka the Department of Police is similar to a Security Firm. First make it a respectable Department like in UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Do not allow the politicians to interfere with the duties of Department of Plice


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