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Initiate immediate inquiry into alleged attack on law student at the Peliyagoda Police Station: BASL urges AG, IGP

Kalinga Indatissa

The Bar Association has urged Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General to initiate an immediate inquiry into the alleged attack on a law student at the Peliyagoda police station. The statement by the BASL signed by its President Kalinga Indatissa PC and Secretary Rajeev Amarasuriya states: 

“It was brought to the attention of the BASL this morning that Migara Gunaratne, a Final Year Law student had been brutally assaulted by several officers attached to the Special Crimes Unit of the Peliyagoda Police on the night of the 25th of February when he attempted to carry a parcel of food to his brother’s client who was being detained by the Police.

The BASL condemns this brutal attack on Migara Gunaratne. This incident cannot be taken in isolation as on a previous occasion his brother Mr. Charitha Gunaratne who is an Attorney-at-Law was obstructed by the Police in carrying out his professional services. Since of late, incidents of this nature by the Police have escalated.

It is the position of the BASL that there is no room and there must be zero tolerance for Police brutality whether it is against a member of the profession or any other person. Persons cannot be treated like this which is a violation of the very Law the Police is expected to protect.”

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