The Asian Human Rights Commission has learned from the wife of D.A. Ruwan Kumara (27) that he has been taken into police custody by officers of the Bandaragama Police Station and is being tortured. The wife, Chinthini Nadeesa and Ruwan Kumara’s brother have visited him at the police station and have seen him being tortured by some police officers who are keeping him at a location behind the police station.
Chinthini Nadeesa has made complaints through the telephone and facsimile to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka and the Inspector General of Police. However, this has not led to any relief and Ruwan Kumara continues to be tortured, according to her. She appeals to the public to help her get the police to stop torturing her husband.
Previously her husband made some complaints against some officers of the Bandaragama Police Station and she believes this is the reason he is being tortured.
The Asian Human Rights Commission appeals to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka and the Inspector General of Police to intervene immediately in order to save Ruwan Kumara from further torture. Also the AHRC demands an investigation into the matter and the suspension of the Officer-in-Charge of the police station and all others engaged in torturing Ruwan Kumara until further action is taken at the conclusion of the inquiry.
We also urge the public to directly call the police station and express their concern. The telephone number of the Bandaragama Police Station is 94 38 2290222.
*Asian Human Rights Commission