SC orders JMO reports in police assault case

By Chitra Weerarathne

The Supreme Court yesterday directed the Judicial Medical Officer of the National Hospital Colombo, and the JMOs of the Remand Prison to submit for the perusal of the court, medical reports pertaining to university students, Nadeesh Chathuranga and Hashan Wijesinghe, allegedly assaulted by officers of the Slave Island Police Station, in mid May 2014.

The aforesaid undergrads are Nadeesh Chathuranga, who had sustained injuries in his eye and Hashan Wijesinghe who had also been brutally assaulted and hospitalised.

They are members of the Inter University Students Federation which had launched a protest in front of the University Grants Commission, Colombo on May 16, 2014.

These undergrads were arrested by the Slave Island police officers and allegedly assaulted while in custody.

Counsel JC Weliamuna supported the petition field by the undergrads alleging inhuman treatment.

The respondents are the HQI of the Slave Island Police and the IGP.

The bench comprised Justice Saleem Marsoof, Justice Chandra Ekanayake and Justice Eva Wanasundera.


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