Drunken Officer attached to Kataragama District Office assaults mother of two children and breaks her arm

 - March 2nd, 2008 - 

On the 3rd of February 2008,  Mr.Rasika N.Muthumala,Computer Operator, an  employee at Kataragama District Office,had  assaulted and broken  the arm of 34 year old Mrs.Ediriweera Jayasekara Kurudu Patabadige Thanuja Lakshmi,who is residing in a house  belonging to  Kataragama,Gam Udawa Housing Development Authority.

Victim’s husband an employee attached  to Housing Development Authority is working in Amparai.  Lady was alone in the house with her two children aged 14 and 1 ½ years respectively.  Ignoring her protests  the drunken  accused had entered the house and  had struggled  with the lady inquiring about her husband.  When he could not  overpower her he had pulled her dress, and at the same time he had got hold of a momatee which was lying close by  and had assaulted her thus fracturing her arm.

The cause for this commotion was due to a land dispute between  the husband of the victim and  Mr.Mahindasiri,the Accountant attached to Kataragama District Office,whose house is situated just behind the victim’s house.  After some time Mr.Mahindasiri too came ,with his sarong raised, and started shouting. This incident happened  at about 4.00 in the afternoon. Both of them were drunk.  Rasika,Mahindasiri,Mahesh  and two other  persons had been drinking alcohol at Mahindasiri’s house  from morning.  An entry has been lodged  in Kataragama Police Station.

Mrs.Thanuja had gone to Kataragama Hospital and from there to Hambanthota Hospital where she had been operated  and had been in the ward for three days.Kataragama Police  are acting in a lethargic manner.  It had taken several days to arrest the accused  and had   bailed out on  following day. The Secretary ,Kataragama District Office, is interfering  in this case.  He had called  Police Station as well as the Hospital.

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