Ratugala indigenous community leader hospitalised after alleged police assault

Ratugala indigenous community leader hospitalised after alleged police assault

Ratugala indigenous community leader hospitalised after alleged police assault

Written by Tharushan Fernando

24 Mar, 2016 | 11:47 am

Leader of the Ratugala indigenous community Suda Wannila Aththo and two others have been hospitalised after allegedly being attacked by a group of police officers in civil attire.

The indigenous tribe says that the incident occurred during a birthday celebration in Ratugala on Wednesday night when two police officers arrived and allegedly attacked them.

The three injured, including the leader of the Ratugala indigenous tribe, are receiving treatment at the Bibila Hospital. When contacted by News1st, the Office of the Police Media Spokesperson refuted the claims, saying that no such attack had taken place.

Police said that two police officers had been dispatched to the Ratugala residence of the tribe’s leader upon receiving a tip-off that they were engaged in a game of betting last night. However Ratugala Indigenous Leader Suda Wannilaeththo denied claims that they were engaging in a game of betting.

Police have launched further investigation into the incident.

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