Pussellawa residents protest over death of detainee

Pussellawa residents protest over death of detainee

Pussellawa residents protest over death of detainee

Written by Tharushan Fernando

18 Sep, 2016 | 8:11 pm

A tense situation broke out in the Pussellawa area on Sunday over the death of a detainee while in the custody of the Pussellawa Police.

Thirty-year-old Kaviraj Ravichandran was arrested on Saturday evening. The suspect was arrested based on a warrant issued by the Helboda Court.

However, hours later Kaviraj’s family received news of his death.Police said that the suspect had hung himself in his cell.

The detainee’s cell was inspected by the Magistrate on Sunday morning after which his body was examined at the Pussellawa District Hospital.

The magistrate ordered for the body of the suspect to be handed over to the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital for the post mortem examination.

Meanwhile, residents staged a protest surrounding the police station on Sunday afternoon. The protest which went on for a few hours, ended following the intervention of Minister Palani Digambaram.

Issuing a communique, the Police Headquarters said that the sub inspector and police constable who were on duty last night have been suspended over the incident, due to their lack of supervision.

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