Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Three more cops wanted over B’balapitiya attack

The Police will seek the Attorney General’s advice to take into custody three more Policemen allegedly involved in last Thursday’s attack a man near the Bambalap-itiya Railway Station.

Police spokesman Senior DIG Nimal Mediwaka told The Island that they would not hesitate to take action against police personnel involved in the incident.

The Policeman, who is alleged to have attacked Bala Sivakumar near the Bambalapitiya Railway Station on Thursday afternoon, surrendered to the Bambalapitiya police. The constable, Dimuthu Somnas, was handed over to the Colombo Crime Division, Mediwaka said.

The deceased was a mentally retarded person and had been treated at the Kalubowila Hospital and the National Mental Health Institute, Angoda recently, members of his family said.

Before he developed this mental condition he had worked in a garage, they said.

According to eye witnesses Sivakumar had pelted stones at passing trains and vehicles on the Marine Drive and one of the stones had shattered the glass window pane of a train compartment. He had also thrown stones at policemen and soldiers.

He had been chased and brutally attacked with clubs by a group of persons who arrived at the scene. The victim had jumped into the sea to escape the attackers. He had struggled in the sea for about a hour but his attackers had not allowed him to come ashore although he had pleaded with them. Finally he had been dealt a terrible blow by one of the attackers leading to his death by drowning.

The whole incident had been videoed by a television station which operates in close proximity to the place where the incident took place.

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