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Sunday, 29 July 2018 - 21:18
Three Ingiriya police officers remanded for assaulting a youth
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The three policemen attached to Ingiriya Police who were arrested in connection with assaulting a suspect under the influence of alcohol were remanded until tomorrow when they were produced before Horana Magistrate Court.
 
The OIC of the Minor Complaints Division, a sergeant attached to the Traffic Division and a constable were arrested in connection with the incident.
 
The three officers were patrolling in Ingiriya last night, had questioned two individuals who were loitering at a bus halt.
 
It is reported that the policemen have assaulted the youth following an argument between the two parties.
 
One of the youths who sustained injuries was admitted to Ingiriya Hospital.
 
The 27-year-old individual is reported to be an army soldier attached to Slave Island Army Camp.
 
Following the incident, area residents staged a protest against the assault on the youth.
 
A tense situation arose during the protest at Ingiriya police and the situation was brought under control when the SP in charge of Panadura division deployed a team of officers including the OIC of Horana Police, to the scene.
 
The situation came under control when area residents learned that the tests confirmed that the police officers had been under the influence of alcohol.
 
 Meanwhile, IGP Pujith Jayasundara had issued a directive to the SP in charge of Panadura division to immediately suspend the three officers involved in the incident.
 
The IGP has also instructed to conduct a special investigation into the incident.
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