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Police begin probe against cops harassing female cops, protestors

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A special police investigation has been launched against the Panadura South HQI and his team after they were caught on camera physically assaulting female protestors and female cops who were on duty yesterday.

Police Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa told Daily Mirror that following the incident, a special team headed by an ASP from the Panadura Division had been appointed by the Western Province Senior DIG to probe into the harassment caught on camera.

Once the probe is completed further action will be taken, Thalduwa said.

The video showing the Panadura South HQI and his team harassing female protestors and female police officers went viral on social media yesterday, with users expressing shock and anger over the abuse.

The harassment happened in Panadura when two women, who identified themselves as the ‘mothers of the struggle’, had been marching towards Galle Face Green from Kalutara, demanding the release of activists detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

The two women were arrested by the police. (Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

 


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  • ravin Sunday, 13 November 2022 03:02 PM

    Bad luck. Just imagine an ordinary citizen in their hands.

    dinesh Sunday, 13 November 2022 03:10 PM

    dont worry....by later next year most of the dirty cops will be in hot water....and no one to help them...

    Sunil Sunday, 13 November 2022 03:12 PM

    They are not cops, they are wild beasts out to please their sordid masters. Typical of Sri Lanaka's boot licking Police.

    Sunil Sunday, 13 November 2022 03:12 PM

    They are not cops, they are wild beasts out to please their sordid masters. Typical of Sri Lanaka's boot licking Police.

    Lala Sunday, 13 November 2022 03:19 PM

    UNCIVILIZED AND UNEDUCATED POLICE BORN AND BROUGHT UP ON THE FOOTPATH.

    Nihal S Sunday, 13 November 2022 03:29 PM

    "The two women were arrested by the police".

    Nihal Sunday, 13 November 2022 03:32 PM

    This is eye-wash. Why do you need those high profile investigation team. The events were very clear from the video clip circulating in the media. Suspend this officer immediately.

    Ram Sunday, 13 November 2022 03:50 PM

    These probes are only for the paper and media. The Cop who held a female cop is seen in the photo. Interdict that officer. Oter harassment not in camera investigate and if evidence is found interdict them

    Iwazaru Sunday, 13 November 2022 04:05 PM

    Arrest the bastard and put him behind bars. Have an inquiry ( just as a formality) as sack hunter him. He needs to pay compensation from his pocket or Ranil to these patriotic ladies.

    Concerned Citizen Sunday, 13 November 2022 04:11 PM

    The biggest thug is the Senior DIG in charge of Western Province and we all know what will be the outcome of his probe !! As long as the current Senior DID incharge of Western Province is allowed to remain in his post these cops will continue to behave like thugs !!

    R. Winkle Sunday, 13 November 2022 04:19 PM

    What is there to be investigated when it's all so obvious that this cop ought to be kicked out of the force (at the least)? Besides, cops investigating cops is nonsensical.

    Rajpal Sunday, 13 November 2022 04:27 PM

    Its a two-legged canine breed sure to be a Rajapaksha hand-picked appointee overambitious to go up in the ladder.

    Nobleman Sunday, 13 November 2022 05:03 PM

    A disgrace to Sri Lanka. Dismiss the senior officer immediately. A cad.

    Concerned citizen Sunday, 13 November 2022 05:14 PM

    Looking at this photo, rape of WPCs must be taking place too!

    Roberta Flack Sunday, 13 November 2022 05:19 PM

    The Panadura South HQI must be sacked forthwith. When the video evidence is clear what more do you need for an investigation. As a police officer if he cannot respect women the question must be asked how he manages to uphold the law fairly? I pity his wife and daughters if he has any but I mostly have pity for his mother who has an uncouth son as a senior policeman. Utterly unacceptable and shameless. These are the types of people the unelected President of Sri Lanka is breeding in his backyard.

    We must not allow our country to become like “Rapist India” Sunday, 13 November 2022 05:40 PM

    Did our police officers got trained in India ? They are behaving like the Indian Police . In India where Rape is treated as “fun” by all Indian Men, it is very common for female police officers getting raped by their male counter parts. The situation is so horrific in some major cities in India that they have created “Women Only Police Stations” to protect the female police officers. All the details are online.

    Thambi Vijay Sunday, 13 November 2022 05:45 PM

    Officers will be honoured with promotions. This is in public. God help those taken in remand

    J Anton Sunday, 13 November 2022 05:51 PM

    This is like what happens regularly in India. Every month police women are molested and raped by police men in all parts of India.

    Disappointed Citizen Sunday, 13 November 2022 05:52 PM

    If this is how the cops treat their female colleagues, one could imagine how they handle those in custody. I am sure the officer will go Scott free.

    Citizen k Sunday, 13 November 2022 05:59 PM

    Most probably frustrated with the p.c for refusing his advances.

    Reza Dole Sunday, 13 November 2022 06:03 PM

    Nothing will happen. Nidos kota nidahas

    Sambo Sunday, 13 November 2022 07:11 PM

    This cop was inhumane. H arrested the protesters and the police women in a very inhumane way. Should be kicked out of his job.

    Kanivilage Wijeratne Sunday, 13 November 2022 07:22 PM

    Those who do these types of illegal and immoral activities further aggrevate the country's poor state of affairs. It is a shame to the country as well as to the respective governments. It is not only the politicians but also the public officers are responsible for the poor state of affairs of this country. Everyone should have a back-bone to choose the legal and right things that he or she do irrespective of what the politicians ask them to do. Public servants should learn to work for the people and not for the politicians because it is the public who pay for them and not the politicians. Sad situation is that the most of the public servants cannot understand this context. Until and unless public servants understand the above context, it is inevitable that this country will remain as a third world poor country for another centuries.

    Bandu Sunday, 13 November 2022 07:26 PM

    Did not know it was an offence to carry a placard by two persons on a public road.

    Saman Sunday, 13 November 2022 07:58 PM

    When the rulers are culprits what to expect from bottom line?????.

    Spartacus Sunday, 13 November 2022 08:28 PM

    These are yakkos who are given unbridled authority, a uniform and taught to use arrogance instead of professionalism in duty. It is similar to arming a monkey with a barbers blade.

    Gehan Sunday, 13 November 2022 08:43 PM

    What the foxes in charge of the chicken coop?

    Hora Polis Sunday, 13 November 2022 08:43 PM

    what probe ? It is not a police, a police protect law abiding people of a nation. it is a thug mafia, protecting the criminals and elite thieves, cunning thieving ruling class since independence.

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Sunday, 13 November 2022 09:32 PM

    This un acceptable on the part of the police, specially harassing female police officers, weaker sex doing duties on the streets is a difficult task, they need toilet facilities and not like men, they are our sisters and daughters, who should be protected, further this incident gives rise to women's watch, human rights organisations etc; to raise against the government. Sad and angry.

    johan Sunday, 13 November 2022 09:59 PM

    Probe under Desabandu Tennekoon what a mockery. He is a controversial person belong to various incidents during Aragalaya

    Indian view Sunday, 13 November 2022 10:03 PM

    @ comments about Indian police - India has 1.4 billion people compared to the minuscule number of 22 million in Sri Lanka. We are a drop in the ocean. Obviously there are bad apples in India.However in Sri Lanka, the rape, torture, murder, burning of properties, arson, heinous crimes carried out by the police and forces and chauvinists under the direction of the forces are a mountain of crimes compared to India’s miniscule.

    Authoritarianism Sunday, 13 November 2022 10:58 PM

    The HRCSL has not got involved into this episode as yet ? Two mothers not permitted to walk on the road carrying banners!

    RP Sunday, 13 November 2022 11:23 PM

    Probe is to cover up! Get rid of this Police thug ASAP! This thug is in uniform to harass people and fellow female officers. If women constables are treated like these, hmmm....imagine the suspects caught by the Police?

    Mahesh Sunday, 13 November 2022 11:39 PM

    This guy should be interdicted and given harsh punishment. Harassing a women is clearly seen on this footage. If this guy is doing this on daylight, imagine his beheviour at police station. Also make it a must to have a video footage when ever police get involved in any situation. This will reduce things like this.

    Dilshan Perera Sunday, 13 November 2022 11:49 PM

    Thanks to the corrupt National Police Commission and it's thieving members, especially the history lecturer from University of Kelaniya..

    Sandya Nanayakkara Monday, 14 November 2022 06:35 AM

    An ASP from the same division was appointed for this " high" profile probe. What a joke? They obviously take it lightly or/and all citizens in Srilanka are stupid as they are!

    kudson Monday, 14 November 2022 07:28 AM

    tenakoon yugaya continues the big roach keeps appointing committee after committee the side show continues

    Wije Monday, 14 November 2022 09:00 AM

    Nothing will happened to this guy in the current systems, for every incident committees are appointed no remedy or punishment .

    Rajiv De Silva Monday, 14 November 2022 09:07 AM

    If the COPS saw the footage of what we saw, then it should be immediate stood down of the officer, until the completion of the inquiry. Since that has not happened, this will lead to another cover up.

    Mohamed Adham Monday, 14 November 2022 11:55 AM

    This guy has a previous similar track record in Puliyankulama some time ago. He is an appointee of the Train gold chain snatcher. The chain snatcher has cleverly appointed all his pawns into surrounding Police stations. This should be investigated. As long as Deshabandhu Tennakoon and Tiran Alles are at the head, nothing will happen. They are on an agenda track and Ranil Rajapakse will go along with that.

    #Suspendthiscop Monday, 14 November 2022 12:17 PM

    My heart goes out with the innocent lady cops who were being harrased, I watched the footage, I felt an extreme level of anger, This Cop is not fit to be in this job, there is no need of an investigation, the footage is very clear, he must be punished and suspended forever.

    Aquarius Monday, 14 November 2022 12:57 PM

    These men in uniform are a disgrace. There could be a very small minority of good men in uniform, but the majority, as seen in their recent behaviour, are sadists. No doubt they are all political appointees obeying their masters' orders. The other important fact is when did it become illegal to walk on the streets with a placard? These two women were peaceful and not carrying any threatening material to get these police hounds agitated. Where is the Minister responsible for these idiots? No comments from any of them, right? This goes to prove that we are slowly taken down to an undemocratic, police-controlled society.

    Bryan Ekenaike Monday, 14 November 2022 01:53 PM

    INVESTIGATION???? another whitewash is the correct word.


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