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Two Police Officers arrested for shooting

Point Pedro, 9 July, (Asiantribune.com):

Two Police Officers have been arrested in connection with the shooting at Point Pedro, which killed at Manalkadu, Point Pedro, when Police opened fire at an illegal sand transporting truck, which disobeyed a police signal to stop, Police sources said.

According to Police sources, the incident had taken place at around 3.40 p.m. yesterday when officers attached to a Police checkpoint in the Point Pedro area ordered the truck to stop.

Police sources revealed that as the driver of the truck which carried sand illegally did not stop the vehicle and proceeded, police officers manning the checkpoint had given chase and had attempted to stop the vehicle by shooting at the tyres, and police confirmed that one individual had been killed as a result of the shooting.

Following this incident, it was reported that the angry villagers attacked a police post and a temporary quarters of Police officials, including a Police jeep belonging to the Point Pedro Police Station, in protest of the shooting incident in Point Pedro, last evening.

Also it was reported that people attempted to pelt stones at the Point Pedro Police station.

Subsequently, a Special Task Force (STF)? team from Jaffna was deployed to disperse people behaving in an unruly manner and to defuse tension, where police shooting caused the death of a 25-year-old youth travelling in truck.

The victim of the police shooting was identified as Yogaraja Dinesh of the Thunalai, Point Pedro.

Accordingly, Police confirmed that a Sub Inspector of Police and a Police Constable attached to Point Pedro Police had been arrested.

The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) is currently conducting an investigation into the incident, the Police Media Unit added.

The two arrested officers have also been suspended from duty.

The officers are due to be produced before the Point Pedro Magistrate’s Court today (10).

- Asian Tribune –

 The 25 year-old  Yogaraja Dinesh of the Thunalai, Point Pedro, who died  of Police Shooting
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