DPF condemns assault on LTTE suspects in Anuradhapura Prison

Remandees avoiding food

By Lal Gunesekera

The Democratic People’s Front (DPF) yesterday condemned the treatment meted out to 67 LTTE suspects in remand custody at the Anuradhapura Prison on Sunday(27) and the party said that the remandees had refused to take food till the time justice was metted out and assurance given that such of inhuman behaviour by the Prison guards will not be repeated.

DPF Secretary-General Dr. Kumar Guruparan told The Island yesterday (28) that the suspects were not planning to celebrate LTTE Heroes Day and that the only evidence against them was that they had nine mobile phones in their possession and not 19 as the Prison authorities had stated.

He claimed said that the suspected LTTE remandees were treated in an inhuman way, assaulted and their personal belongings set on fire. Some on crutches too were assaulted by the guards who were under the influence of liquor.

The DPF was given an assurance by Sathiskumar, Co-ordinating Secretary to the Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Chandrasiri Gajadeera of an impartial inquiry, he said.

Prisons Commissioner-General P. W. Kodippili denied all allegations levelled against the Prison guards.

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