Po­lice vi­o­late...

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

Dis­play­ing pho­to­graphs of some po­lice of­fi­cers armed with iron bars stand­ing on the side­lines of the protest, In­ter Univer­sity Stu­dent Fed­er­a­tion (IUSF) Con­vener Lahiru Weerasekara said the po­lice were tar­get­ing the heads of the pro­test­ers.

He asked Po­lice Chief Pu­jith Jaya­sun­dara as to who had giver the po­lice the author­ity to at­tack the pro­test­ers with iron bars in­stead of us­ing wooden ba­tons.

“The at­tack was meant to hurt the stu­dents and not to dis­perse them. The STF chased the pro­test­ers along Marine Drive to­wards the rail­way tracks,” Mr. Weerasek­era said.

He said the po­lice had recorded state­ments from the in­jured stu­dents who were warded at the National Hos­pi­tal with­out con­sid­er­ing their health con­di­tions. Mr. Weerasekara ac­cused the unity gov­ern­ment of fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of the pre­vi­ous regime and at­tempt­ing to sup­press the rights of stu­dents.

Mean­while, SAITM Virodhi Jana Pawura mem­ber Mahinda Jayas­inghe said the at­tack was one of the most shame­ful seen in re­cent his­tory and would seek le­gal as­sis­tance with re­gard to the vi­o­lent be­hav­iour of the po­lice. Re­spond­ing to the al­le­ga­tions, Po­lice Spokesman Ruwan Gu­nasekara told Daily Mir­ror that any­one could com­plain to the HRC or any other rel­e­vant in­sti­tu­tions if they sus­pected the po­lice had vi­o­lated the coun­try’s laws when dis­pers­ing the pro­test­ers. “Po­lice have to follow the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Code and duty bound to main­tain law and or­der. Pro­test­ers vi­o­lated the court or­der and the po­lice had to dis­perse them. Be­fore talk­ing of in­ter­na­tional mob con­trol laws, pro­test­ers should be aware of the coun­try’s gen­eral law,” he said.

SP Gu­nasek­era said the peo­ple’s right to as­sem­ble peace­fully and the free­dom of speech have been guar­an­teed by the Con­sti­tu­tion and the same Con­sti­tu­tion says that any act which causes a pub­lic nui­sance is an of­fence.

It was also learnt that Du­minda Naga­muwa who was in­jured dur­ing the protest was still at the National Hos­pi­tal.

It had also been re­vealed that the In­ter Union Stu­dent Fed­er­a­tion (IUSF) Con­venor Lahiru Weerasekara at­tended the protest while he is on bail un­der strict con­di­tions in a case where he was al­leged to have bro­ken into the Health Min­istry and dam­aged pub­lic prop­erty and that his bail would be can­celed if found guilty of hav­ing caused pub­lic in­con­ve­nience.

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