Police Commission initiates an investigation regarding the assault on HNDA students
The National Police Commission has also initiated an investigation regarding the assault carried out by the police of HNDA students who were protesting in front of the Higher Education Ministry.
Secretary of the Commission Ariyadasa Kure stated that an independent committee will be appointed on Monday to probe the incident.
He further stated that high ranking police officers who were on duty during the altercation will be summoned to the commission.
Many quarters of the society have condemned the police attack on the HNDA students when they staged a protest in front of the Higher Education Ministry day before yesterday.
Nine students were injured when police fired tear gas, water canon and baton charged the students.
Six policemen were also injured during the incident.
Later police arrested 39 protesting students, and they were released on bail when they were produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate last morning.
At the same time, a media conference was convened yesterday at the Police headquarters to explain the police action taken during the student protest yesterday.
Besides the police media spokesman, several other senior police officers including Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province Pujitha Jayasundera and DIG in charge of Colombo District Gamini Mathurata were present.
Addressing the media, Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province Pujitha Jayasundera said that a report with regard to the incident has been submitted to the IGP.
Meanwhile, Minister of Higher Education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella issued a media communiqué with regard to the police attack on HNDA students.
He said it is a futile attempt to stage protests of this nature as the ministry has already agreed to fulfill the demands by the HNDA students.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed minister of Law and Order Thilak Marapana to submit him a report on yesterday’s police attack on HNDA students.
Accordingly, the Law and Order Ministry stated that it has asked a report from the IGP in connection with the incident.