IGP calls for report on Embilipitya incident
The National Police Commission and the Sri Lanka Human Rights
Commission have launched an investigation into the allegations that
police brutality may have contributed to the untimely death of
29-year-old Sumith Prasanna who jumped off a three-storey building in
Embilipitiya during a clash between residents and police in the area.
Speaking to the Sunday Observer, Police Spokesperson ASP Gunasekera
said that the 21 police officers including the Headquarters Inspector
were transferred temporarily to the Seethawaka and Kegalle Police
Divisions with immediate effect, until investigations over the matter
The investigation is currently being held under the supervision of
the Ratnapura Superintendent of Police.
When inquired of allegations of police brutality, he said the police
were dispatched to the scene after receiving complaints from those in
the neighborhoods of loud noise. He said that while the police officers
had tried to mediate a clash between residents and the police had
The 29-year-old father of one according to reports had jumped off a
three-storey building. He was admitted to the Ratnapura Base Hospital
after which he was transferred to the Colombo National Hospital where he
succumbed to injuries.
Relatives and residents in the area staged a demonstration calling
for the Police to be held accountable to his death. The protestors who
gathered in large numbers in the town closed shops and hoisted black
flags in defiance. A special Task Force was deployed to contain the
crowds. They are to remain in the area until the conclusion of the final
rites of the deceased.The magistrate told court on Friday that he had
died due to severe internal bleeding sustained during the fall.
The Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation into the
death of Sumith Prasanna. A report on the matter has been requested by