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HRC might intervene on behalf of interdicted cop

2014 Jul 30

By Madura Ranwala

Sri Lanka Human Rights Commissioner Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa yesterday told The Island that they would screen the fundamental rights violation case filed by Constable Sumith Kumarawansa on Monday against his sudden interdiction and take action to grant him justice considering it an urgent matter.

Sumith had filed the Fundamental Rights Violation case against Assistant Superintendent of Police, Rohan Dias and Officer-in-Charge of Borella, Sarath Premachandra for discrimination and ill-treatment through his counsel Eranjith Atapattu.

Constable Sumith was interdicted immediately after a private television channel had telecast a news clip showing him and another constable performing labourer’s work at the Borella police station on July 22.

Though the media organisation telecast voice cuts from both of them only Sumith was interdicted.

Police questioned Constable Sumith whether he had contacted the media organisation regarding the telecast.

 Earlier, Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana, asked why one of the police constables had been interdicted when there were two constables were shown sweeping, said the interdicted constable had given a voice cut to media and it was an offence according to the department regulations.

When contacted, Sumith said that he would write to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Inspector General of Police. N. K. Illangakoon requesting their intervention seeking their intervention.

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