‘Madana Modaka’ manufacturer complains of abuse, illegal arrest

by Chitra Weerarathne

The manufacturer of the ayurvedic drug ‘Madana Modaka’, has complained to the Supreme Court that he was arrested and abused without a reason by Sub-Inspector Neville Priyantha of the Udawela police, Udawalawe on August 22, 2002.

The petition said that his father owned a dispensary at Colombageara, where ‘Madana Modaka’ was manufactured with ingredients obtained from the Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation. This particular drug contains a prescribed quantity of cannabis, which is also an ingredient obtained from the Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation.

On August 22, 2002, the petitioner U. M. Gnanaratne was informed by the villagers, that a person who had in his possession a bottle of ‘Madana Modaka’ was arrested by the police at Udawalawe.

The petitioner had gone to the police station to find out who was arrested for possessing ‘Madana Modaka’.

The petitioner had introduced himself to Sub-Inspector Neville Priyantha at the Udawalawe police station and told him that this drug was manufactured at his dispensary and that it was approved by the authorities.

The Sub-Inspector had in return abused the petitioner in foul language and assaulted him in the presence of the villagers.

Later on he was taken to the ASP of the Embilipitiya police and put in a cell.

The petition said there was no reason for his arrest and detention. He was unduly insulted. He claimed violation of fundamental rights by the ASP of the Embilipitiya police and the Sub-Inspector, in respect of the illegal arrest, illegal detention and the degrading treatment meted out by the police officers.