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Friday Forum urges IGP to investigate police shooting deaths

2014 Jun 24

The Friday Forum has urged the Inspector General of Police to respond as a matter of urgency to current public concern — including that of the Bar Council — over the deaths that are taking place in police custody.

The Friday Forum, which comprises a group of concerned citizens, states serious cause for alarm also arises from recent reports indicating abuse or incompetence in handling weapons carried by police for protection when on duty.

The organisation states that on the evening June 11, a young man riding a motorcycle was shot at and killed, and the same evening, a three-wheeler was shot at and a person standing in the garden of his house was hit.

Friday Forum has called upon the IGP to act urgently on the proposals made by the Bar Council and conduct a credible investigation that will help him to take necessary action to prevent and respond to a very grave phenomenon that can affect the lives of all Sri Lankans.

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