MP Rishad talks about Hishalini in Parliament

Thursday, 05 August 2021 - 21:08

Although 16 CCTV cameras installed at the house of Member of Parliament and former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen were inspected, the police stated that there was no footage of Hishalini Jude allegedly setting herself on fire or the scene of the fire being extinguished

A team of officers from the Police Close Surveillance Camera Division inspected the cameras yesterday (04) and it was revealed that two of them were inactive.

Police are investigating the cause of the failure of the cameras located inside the house.

Meanwhile, former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen expressed his views regarding the incident at his residence in Parliament for the first time today (05).

He stated that Hishalini was over 16 years old when she arrived as a servant to his residence.

He also stated that none of the parents had come with her and that steps had been taken to provide the girl with a separate room in her house.

The father and mother of Rishad's wife who were at home had heard the screams of the girl at 06.45 a.m. on the day of the incident and had tried to save her and then the girl was admitted to the hospital at 7.33 am, the MP stated.

He further stated that the telephone calls made at that time regarding the attempt made to extinguish the fire have been recorded.

However, police stated that Hishalini was admitted to the hospital at 08.45 am.

He stated that according to the information given by the hospital, plastic surgery had to be performed on Hishalini, and it would cost between Rs. 700,000 to Rs. 1 million, and the residents had agreed to this.

However, the MP stated that even though some people had different views on the death of the girl, she was not considered a maid.

After Rishad Bathiudeen's remarks, Chief Government Whip Minister Johnston Fernando, MP Imtiaz Bakeer Marker, and State Minister Kanchana Wijesekera addressed the gathering.

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