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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2524

Another custodial death in Gampaha Police

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 26 May, (Asiantribune.com): There is information that a suspicious death of a young man in the Gampaha Police Station on 7th April after he was arrested.

The deceased Sureen Kinson has left his home around 6.30 pm on 4th April to meet a friend, but did not return home that night. At around 9am, next day, the friend informed the deceased’s grandmother that police officers attached to the Gampaha Police Station had arrested the deceased and had taken him to the police station.

On receiving this information, the deceased’s grandmother went to the police station to find the deceased in the lock up room where she was able to speak to him. Sureen has told her that while returning from his friend’s house, he was arrested on ‘suspicion’.

However, no other information was given. The grandmother met with a lawyer at 10:30am and later the lawyer informed her that he has visited the police station and that Sureen would be released after the police officer took down his statement.

On April 6, when Sureen's grandmother went to the police station, an officer told her that all officers concerned with her son’s case had gone to the site of a bomb blast and asked her to return on the following day. While she was waiting for the lawyer on April 7, a police officer has asked her to see Officer-in-Charge of Crime Branch.

When she met OIC Crime Branch, the OIC told her to see the Head Quarters Inspector (HQI). When she met this officer she was told that Sureen had committed suicide in the lock up room and asked her to go to the Gampaha hospital and give a statement.

She identified the dead body as that of her grandson in the hospital. She also witnessed wounds all over his face and a wire mark around his neck. Gampaha Magistrate has conducted the post mortem where she was asked to be present at the medical examination.

On April 8, she went to the Office of the Assistant Superintendent Police in Paliyagoda where she made a statement.

On April 9, the Medical Officer, after the examination, told her that there were wounds on his head, back, right arm, left hand side, eye brows, and on the forehead. The officer further stated that there was a wire mark around his neck and that it was difficult to judge whether the mark revealed that Sureen had committed suicide. His body was handed over to her on April 9 and a ritual was held on April 10.

On May 5, she informed this incident to the Inspector General Police, the Legal Division of the Deputy Inspector General, Criminal Investigation Division, Senior Superintendent of Police and Assistant Superintendent of Police in Gampaha and various other authorities. However, to-date no action has been taken nor has she received any response from the aforementioned officers.

- Asian Tribune –

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