Jaffna Police officer arrested for assaulting civilians

[TamilNet, Thursday, 29 January 2004, 17:40 GMT]
The Jaffna regional co-ordinator of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Mr.Ruwan Chandrasekara Thursday night caught red-handed a police constable who is alleged to have been assaulting civilians in the heart of Jaffna town on a complaint made by civil representatives, HRC sources said.

A police constable who was on duty with Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers at the sentry point which is located at Saththiram junction in Jaffna town is alleged to have assaulted several civilians and motorists who passed through that junction Thursday night.

On receipt of information Mr.Ruwan Chandrasekara with his associates hurried to the site and caught the errant police constable in the act of assaulting civilians who passed through the junction.

Mr.Ruwan Chandrasekara promptly brought this to the notice of the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Jaffna Police, security sources said.

Jaffna Police OIC promptly took the constable into custody and assured HRC officials that he would order a disciplinary inquiry into the incident, police said.


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