It has been reported that , during the past few months , certain Police Inspectors and some officers attached to the Sri Lankan Police Service,have assaulted some Citizens ,in some parts of the Island, inhumanely,to the extent of breaking teeth. Out of these there are two significant cases details of which are given below.
On the 5th of January 2008, a cab driver by the name of Mohamad Pasmi had been assaulted and broken a tooth at Galle by the Officer In Charge of Ahangama Police Station. assaulted some Citizens ,in some parts of the Island, inhumanely,to the extent of breaking teeth. Out of these there are two significant cases details of which are given below On the 5th of January 2008, a cab driver by the name of Mohamad Pasmi had been assaulted and broken a tooth at Galle by the Officer In Charge of Ahangama Police Station.
On the above mentioned day Ahangama Police Station Jeep had chased a lorry transporting buffalos, but they could not apprehend it. While returning, the Inspector had seen the cab parked in front of a boutique, and had called the driver of the cab Pasmi and had shouted “Are you the one who drove this?” and at the same time had assaulted him thus breaking a tooth in the upper jaw.
All the Officers who were in the jeep had assaulted the driver Pasmi and had questioned him about the lorry that transported the buffalos ,which the Police could not apprehend.;
After that the Police had fabricated five (5) false cases. Failing to pay the bail of Rs,40,000/= Pasmi had to stay in the remand prison for four days. On his return, Pasmi was suffering so much, he was admitted to Thangalla Hospital and has been warded for three days.
Other incident is reported from Dankotuwa. Victim:-Ihala Gamage Sulaweera Ananda.
On the 2nd of December 2007, Serjeant Priyantha and some officers attached to Dankotuwa Police Station, had come to Ananda’s house and had assaulted him breaking a tooth, in front of his family. This incident had been seen by the workers who were attached to the Tile Factory ,which is in opposite side of Ananda’s house.
The reason for this is Serjeant Priyantha had accepted a bribe of Rs.500/ from a illicit liqueur . dealer in the area and this had been videoed by Ananda through a Camera Phone.
After assaulting , the Police had filed a false case against drunken behavior and had been produced at the Magistrates Courts. From the witness box Ananda had wanted to reveal to the Magistrate about the broken tooth. But at the same time one lawyer from somewhere got up and pleaded guilty and the Magistrate fined n Ananda Rs.1000/=
Ananda or his family members had never sought the services of a lawyer. Ananda had mentioned this to the Prison Officers and had wanted to go in front of the Magistrate to say so, but he was not allowed and had been forced him to the prison.