Brutal assault, illegal arrest: Undergrads take police to SC

By Chithra Weeraratne

Twelve university students arrested by the Kirillapone police on May 16, 2014 consequent to a Satyagraha in front of the University Grants Commission Colombo have moved the Supreme Court against brutal assault and illegal arrest.

They had been protesting against the reduction of the duration of the academic period of the Degree on Allied Health Sciences from four years to three years. They were backed by 300 other undergrads. While the Satyagraha was in progress, the officers from the Kirillapone police station arrested the petitioners, Nadeesha Ranatunga and eleven others.

Other students dispersed and boarded buses going to Pettah. Police personnel in civvies boarded a bus and attempted to arrest Dinuka

Madushanka by showing him an arrest warrant. But Dinuka pointed out that the warrant was for some other person.

The petitioners were then taken to Slave Island Police station and assaulted. Nadeesha Ranatunga sustained eye injury. The petitioners were produced before the Magistrate and remanded. They were released on bail three days later.

Ranatunga has complained that according to medical reports, he sustained a nerve injury in his eye. He has requested the Court to order the police to pay him compensation.

All the petitioners have requested the Court to order the IGP to hold an inquiry into this matter, and take disciplinary action against the police personnel concerned.

The first respondent is the Officer-In-Charge of the Slave Island Police station.


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