30 November, 2020

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A Report On An Ordinary Incident In Dehiwala

By V. Kanthaiya

Prelude

This report is an attempt to educate the citizens of Sri Lanka how to respond to a situation where they have been assaulted with a knife, based on the experience of mine.

Factual Account Of The Incident

On 25th May, I set out at 5.00 am and started to jog. My jogging trail is through Kawdana road to the Eagle Lake Side Hotel and then through the lake drive adjacent to the lake towards the Attidiya Road. When I reached Eagle Lake Side, I noted two individuals near a parked Honda super cup type motor cycle. As I passed the hotel, the motorcycle passed me towards Attidiya Junction, and the riders were not wearing any helmets. I turned towards the lake drive and within 100 m from the late top, again the motorcycle passed me and stopped. The pillion rider, a short skinny guy came towards me and asked me something.Pujith and Sagala

I had my earphones on and playing music. The initial idea I had was that this stranger was asking me how to go to the Attidiya Road, which had happened to me several times earlier. I stopped and removed my earphones to listen to him. Then the unexpected happened. The stranger tried to grab my jersey and I automatically responded by pushing him away. He tried to assault me with his fist and I defended with my left forearm. Again he came close to me and tried to assault me and I defended. The third time the stranger came close to me and targeted my face, this time with a knife. I desperately put my left hand to cover my face and felt the pain of a sharp object sliding through the skin of my fingers and palm. Now, for the first time I heard my assailants words, ‘Phone Eka Dheepang’. I immediately threw the phone. The guy took the phone, ran quickly to the waiting motor cycle and went towards Attidiya road.

When I came back to the Kawdana Road and inspected my left hand under the street light, it was full of blood. I tried to hold my wrist to stop bleeding but couldn’t. I tried to stop the two or three cars passed by as I had to go back to Kawdanacentre road to my home, and no one stopped. Then there came a trishaw and stopped and asked where I should go. But the moment the driver saw me with full of blood especially on my jersey, he said he is going to the opposite direction and cannot be hired. The same statement was made by the next two trishaw drivers whom I asked for help. I didn’t have any other choice, but to run back to my home which was about 1.5 Km from there.

When I reached home, I directly went to my landlord as he was the only person who could help me to go to hospital and police station. My initial idea was to go to a nearby dispensary to stop the bleeding. But my landlord said that any private medical Centre will not treat me since this is a ‘police case’ and suggested that we lodge a complaint to the Dehiwela police station at Hill Street and get an acknowledgement note and go to the private hospital on the same road.

I reached Dehiwela police station about 6.15 am and my landlord related about the incident to the officer at the front desk and said that we want to go to the nearby dispensary and need the complaint acknowledgement note. Seeing my condition, the police officer acted swiftly and shouted to another ‘Mae !PothaKo?’ and other one told that the ‘Potha’ must be on the table and the officer started to search for it. Meanwhile another officer came and asked us to be seated and inquired what happened to me. My landlord started the story again from the beginning.

While we were waiting for the front desk police officer find the book, my landlord had to relate the story to eight officers who were reporting to their morning duty just then and the eight officer made the key breakthrough. He pointed out that Lade Drive road is under the jurisdiction of Mt. Lavinia police, thus they cannot take the complaint. Hearing this, the officer who greeted us first shouted to the other one whom was still searching for the book that the book was not needed.

My landlord and myself set to Kalubowila hospital as it would be too late to go to Mt. Lavinia Police station and register the complaint. Things happened very fast in the hospital. The medical personnel in the accident ward immediately treated my wounds and we were able to get an x-ray done. Things were much better than a private hospital, except the part of stitching my wounds, which was extremely painful as it seemed to me that adequate sedatives were not administered.

With the dressing done, we went to the police post in the hospital to lodge the complaint and the officer in the duty listened to us patiently and told us that we need to directly go the Mt.Lavinia police station and lodge the complaint, thus we proceeded there. The OIC was a nice person and listened to my landlord patiently and asked us where the incident happened and requested us to come there on our scooty while he would go and inspect the area. When we went to the place and pointed out the location where exactly the crime has happened, he told us to go back to the Police station again and inform the officer there that he has asked us to lodge the complaint and then, lodge the complaint.

Once I finished the statement, the officer who recorded it took the large medico-legal examination report sheet and filled a few lines and told that we need to submit it to the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) in Kalubowila Teaching Hospital, and if JMO gives any document back, we need to again comeback and submit it to the police station.

I went to the Kaubowila hospital JMO on the following day. The officer there asked me what happened and told that based on his examination, he would prepare the report and send it to the court, for that he wanted to open the dressing and see the wounds and told me that I can get them dressed again in the accident ward. A nurse opened the dressing and as I feared, it started to bleed again. It took the officer a few seconds to finish his examination and the nurse, again covered the wounds in the thump and the ring finger with a roll of bandage, on top of the existing one. Once I finished my business at the JMO, again I proceeded to the Mt.Lavinia police station and submitted my robbed phone’s IMEI number. The officer finally told, that they would be able to find and arrest my assailant when someone starts to use the phone. He said it may take days, it may take weeks or it may even take years.

Stakeholder Response

The key aspect of the incident is not the incident itself. It is how my stakeholders and the stakeholders of this event responded. Most of my colleagues, neighbors and friends were very keen to know about the incident and they were equally keen to give me their advice. The first day I went to office after the incident, I was inquired by nearly everyone in the office, even the other department staff with whom I have talked earlier. I was virtually exhausted by repeating the same answer to each individual one by one. I felt it would have been better if I gathered the entire office at once and made a public speech about the incident. I hadn’t felt that much tired even after losing so much of blood on the day of the assault.

Another key question from my stakeholders, especially from the cop who recorded my statement, was that why on earth a drug addict steals a smart phone. Because if someone uses it again, it can be tracked through the IMEI number. I also wondered why and I realized that the key reason is lack of general and technical knowledge of these criminals which leads to this phenomena. It would be better if all these cops go out and lecture all the drug addicts and criminals that they should never rob a phone because they can be traced through the IMEI number and arrested. I believe media also should play key role educating the potential criminals of the implications of stealing smart phones.

A colleague of mine asked me why I didn’t use one of the several techniques taught in Youtube about how to grab the knife from an assailant. I didn’t try it because unlike the Youtube demo videos, my real-life assailants did not show any signs of corporation with me to use those techniques.

It was also astonishing to see how my stakeholders manipulate this incident for their own agenda. Right after I came home from the police station, my landlady visited me along with the landlord and my neighbors. She listened to my narrative of the incident and loudly announced, ‘You must be brave, otherwise even after getting cut wounds and so much of bleeding, you ran 1.5km and came home back. Suppose this has happened to my husband he would have fainted right there out of fright’. Of course, if she had wanted to insult her husband, she had hundreds of methods. The way she used my unfortunate incident to insult her husband was equally embarrassing to me, as my landlord has started to treat me with animosity right after that, even though it was not my mistake.

Another valuable advice was from a supplier of my organization who preached me the following; “what do you intend to achieve by jogging in the morning? Good health? Alright! That may increase your lifetime by couple of years when you are old and worn out. But think! Is that really worth sacrificing the morning sleep which is nothing other than experiencing the heaven right here on earth, to gain couple of additional years of lifetime at your old age, a time when others consider you as a burden?”.

It is really amazing to see how different people opine about the same incident on different perspectives.

Recommendations

It is a bitter reality that as individual or even as a group Sri Lankans citizens cannot change the norm of the deteriorated public service. So it is up to the individuals to find their own survival tactic. The following are some suggestions I got to avoid any phone robbery and knife assault when going out early in the morning;

  • Follow the first rule your mother has taught when you were a kid. Don’t go out when it is dark.
  • Know under which police station’s jurisdiction lies your jogging route.
  • Do not take mobile phone or any portable music player for walking. If you are desperate to listen to songs while jogging/walking, you better sing it to yourself.
  • If you have any doubt on anyone that he is going to use violence and rob you, you kindly communicate that you are happy to donate the items he intends to rob.
  • Take your dog when you go out for walking in the mornings. If you don’t have a dog, try to befriend the stray dogs on the street and take them along with you.
  • Take a portable first- aid kit with you so that you can stop any bleeding in the event of receiving any cut wounds. It is better if you keep your jogging/walking route closer to a government hospital.
  • Educate the drug addicts and the ‘wanna be’ criminals that stealing smartphones is dangerous as they can be traced through the phone’s IMEI number.

Conclusion

The key learning I got from the assault is that Sri Lankan state institutions are just a malfunctioning mechanism, they don’t have any heart and they don’t have any brain. I had to go through so much of difficulty to get the crime registered in a police station. I don’t believe that the police will be able to identify and arrest my assailant unless otherwise he volunteer, and convince the police that he is the culprit. I accept that what happened to me is just one among the hundreds of thousands of unsolved cases in our legal system. But does that mean I don’t have the right to grumble? I am paying more than 15% of my disposable income to the state as tax. The salary being paid the public servants is from the tax payer’s money. But do the people of the country receive proper service from the public schools, government hospitals and from every other state institution?

The key reason is that people do not demand when they are mistreated. They do not raise their voice and tell they pay the fee for the service in advance and they need the service with right quality. But nobody does it. Because now everybody believes that this is the norm. This country has been like this in the past, it continues to be the same in the present and it will continue to be the same in the future as well.

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    While feeling extremely sorry for your trouble, These are my principles of living in Sri Lanka by experience.

    Do not watch TV, It will stop making you dumb and stupid,
    If you have to record them and skip adds.

    Do not read news, It will reduce your heart burn

    Try not go to a public office, They will show you their power of bureaucracy!

    Do not got to a police station unless extremely necessary, They treat you like a criminal!

    Cover your house with a wall, otherwise pwople will encroach!

    Do not go to a court for any reason – settle, lose, you will still be happy!

    Own what you can see and touch, (My businessman friend gave me this advice)

    Try to grow your own food, Otherwise you eat poison.

    Cook your own food, then you know what you are eating.

    Good luck mate, There is nothing to protect you, You are on your own!

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      Nothing about GFs , family and friends ?
      Any help to escape Mervyn and MARA ?

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    V. Kanthaiya annoy

    “Take your dog when you go out for walking in the mornings. If you don’t have a dog, try to befriend the stray dogs on the street and take them along with you.”

    How about your donkey?

    Is the donkey still interested in meeting HLD Mahindapala?

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    Mr Kanthaiya, my commiserations on your most unfortunate experience.

    I am sure that with your knowledge of Sri Lankan practices you would have already known of the apathy of our ‘award-winning’ public services. So, a bad and painful event but be thankful that you did not suffer worse.

    You are right to ask what happens to your 15% but I am surprised that you do not already know. To recap; it goes to

    1 Top perks for all our MPs. performance cars, subsidised meals, etc etc etc

    2 A private army of security. MP’s know that they CANNOT rely on our police, so they take their own private army with them. (Our police are very busy creating a crime wave of their own).

    3 Premium interest rate payments to lucky lenders.

    4 Foreign trips for subsidised national airline employees

    5……Mr Kanthaiya, I’d better stop now, because this list could be very, very long.

    The best advice I can give you Sir, is take a small group of your own vigilantes. I have found that in our Sri Lankan life, there is always safety in numbers.

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      Spring Koha

      I am surprised that you do not already know that MPs have the right to own retail liquor License and open their stalls at every nook and corner. How could you omit such a cash cow.

      I am not very impressed with your ability to recollect contemporary events.

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        writing that too could be very long for merry men.

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        O Native Vedda

        Forgive me, I did run out of time and left much out. You are of course quite right to recall the God given right of all MP’s in our Miracle Of A to own a liquor license. A cash cow they milk with both hands. Why, every now and then, I too have produced a little ‘milk’ to swell their coffers.

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    Sorry to hear this incident. While it is great that you are asking people to raise their voices, I think it is even better if you set an example. Please report your incident to the tell IGP unit, which you can find here;
    http://www.police.lk/~telligp/index.php?option=com_complaint&view=complaint

    Alternatively, you can write to telligp@police.lk.

    The unit is generally efficient.

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      Keep us posted of your new experience of email contact with the “new” Police, in your prose. I as a commentator would not wish to make a contact with the SL
      Police, with a kind of IMEI connection!

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        You are free to choose your options. I am making a suggestion based on my experience with this unit over matters of national importance.

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      Geo,

      “Sorry to hear this incident. While it is great that you are asking people to raise their voices, I think it is even better if you set an example. Please report your incident to the tell IGP unit, which you can find here; http://www.police.lk/~telligp/index.php?option=com_complaint&view=complaint Alternatively, you can write to telligp@police.lk. The unit is generally efficient.”

      Tell IGP is otherwise ok but not for urgent cases. In a case like we have here there is the problem of obtaining a certificate from the JMO as evidence. I don’t know do JMOs provide certificates without a “referral” from the local police. A complaint to the IGP needs time to reach the nearest police station and during this time injuries will heal, culprits may leave the country etc.

      I have advised the victim to complain to the National Police Commission about the way the police treated him.

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        I didn’t mean that people should make urgent calls to telligp, it’s not 119. If, however, you want to change something in the Police, it might be the best place to take your issue. Yes the Police Commission might also work.

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    It is Yahapalanaya mate.. equal rights for all..

    By the way , eight policemen couldn’t make a report at the first station.

    How many were there in the second station?.

    Wonder whether Yhapalanaya has already devolved Police powers to Dehiwala Mt Lavinia Preadesha Saba ,

    Because Batalanada Ranil’s UNP Police interview arrest and get the magistrates to lock up even lawyers, politicians and Buddhist Monks in a couple of days..

    Unbelievable.

    Jog on Marine drive man..And you don’t need dogs or Donkeys from natives.

    Take a TUK TUK from Atthidiya and back.

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      Sumanasekera,

      If I had my way I would tie you to a leash and take you jogging with me. Mad dogs like you would be ample to scare the thugs away.

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      Wow ! You are such an intellectual genius. Blame everything on Yahapalanaya and Ranil. What a loser !

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    Who is this dude in the suit?..

    Wonder how much Yahaplana Rupiah did he pay for the suit,

    • 0
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      KA Sumanasekera You must have started watching old cowboy films. I notice you have picked up the word “Dude” and use it a lot, needed or not.

  • 2
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    Honestly, I’ve lived and worked in many countries and simple phone theft is not something Police is interested in these days. For example in Switzerland, petty thieves cross the border to France, so police is not interested. Instead, when the thief returns whatever the leftover of a crime to the “lost and found” center, victim is encouraged to leave a little reward.
    In another country, police hot line was honest and frank that they will never find the stolen goods, but what I reported will support the planning of patrols.
    In a third country the advice was never to stop for an accident, that you will be robbed and beaten up. Keep on driving even over a dead body till you reach the police station.
    In some other country police is urged not to hot pursuit stolen vehicles as it may endanger the lives of others.

    • 0
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      That is to a great extent true. The police in so called developed countries don’t pay attention if the goods are insured.

  • 3
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    The only good thing in this sad story is that racism did not rear its ugly head. Or did it?

    • 0
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      they knew he was a tamil because he had put gingelly oil.

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      and only a tamil would be mad enough to run in attidiya at 5am.

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      paul,could this be a muslim plot to stop tamils from running around at 5am?

  • 5
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    This is not a rare incident.

    This used to happen regularly in London. Now mobile phones are cheap, so the robbers have gone into more valuable items ( like women’s gold jewellery round their necks)!

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      Thamilan

      Who is doing this in London ?

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        If I knew, I shall tell the police!

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          OK, let me explain it so you don’t have the trouble
          running after the robber ! London is hugely multi
          cultural. In my knowledge English and other
          Europeans are very much less into this kind of
          robberies in London .

  • 5
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    V.Kanthaiya is lucky that he was jogging in Dehiwela.
    In the north, one does not need to go jogging, to be arrested and tortured, without any reason for same.

  • 5
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    Kanthaiyah,

    So, you don’t believe that we are the New Singapore ?
    Don’t be so practical Kantha , be more illusioned !
    We have a politics that guarantees no return from
    a 2500yr old civilization , there’s every sign that
    we don’t want to get out of our habits because we
    love to be in them for generations to generations
    and there exist a force that thrives on oxygenating
    corruption and fraud which in turn kill the efforts
    of change . Change could only result in hard work
    which our guys are allergic to .

  • 3
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    Fist of all, these incidents happen everywhere every time every place. Sri Lanka is much safer place when it comes to mugging in the region and Asia. Also urbanized places, these things happen and also current economic conditions are fueling these incidents too. You have to wait if you go to a hospital in USA with such bleeding since they have to check whether you have medical insurance or not. So there are positives and negatives everywhere and just live way it is. There are things to be improved at police but you think NYPD is better than Sri Lankan, I don’t think so.

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      You got the wrong end of the stick, my dear.

      By the way, what took you to NYPD? That would make interesting reading.

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    the author has not seen enough MGR movies when he was young.IF he had seen he would not be in such a predicament.At least now i urge him to see “ayirathil oruvan,adimai penn,vettaikaran”,and “naan anaiyittal” is a must.He will have full confidence next time he meets such thugs.

    “Suppose this has happened to my husband he would have fainted right there out of fright’.”

    obviously he is not fulfilling his marital duties and this is her way of digging it in.A car has to be serviced regularly to run properly.If you don’t service it even after 100000 km just imagine what a ride you will get.You will be stranded in the middle of the road.Fulfilling ones marital duties is a must.

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    I am not justifying this in any way. This happens every where in the world, and I have felt equally unsafe without leaving the letter B in my travels (Berlin, Bombay, Belfast, or Bangkok). In fact, statistically, such incidents are low in Sri Lanka but I fear it will increase with the government’s lack of interest in social issues and the police’ overall apathy. Sri Lankan police are not the most corrupt or most inefficient I have met (I think that crown goes to my encounters with police in countries like Russia and Poland) but that is not an excuse. That gas bag IGP is so busy publicizing himself in the media these days, and our slavish folks are so busy kissing up to him, that nobody has bothered looking at the massive level of inefficiency in our police that causes such crime in the first place, as the criminals know they will never be caught.

    I am very sorry for what happened to you and hope you will recover soon. Knife crime is still something relatively rare outside of slum areas in the western province, unlike say some parts of London or most big cities in the US. I do hope this is not a sign of things to come, though.

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    I urge him to tell his landlord to also see some MGR movies especially the ones with jayalalitha and the love scenes which are very authentic indeed.You can see that they are not acting.This might trigger off explosive reaction from him and his wife might say”goodnes,what has got into you suddenly”.

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    The underlying truth is the Cost of Living is spiralling, unemployment high and incomes are so low even ordinary people are pushed into committing petty crimes – merely to get their daily meals. I am not condoning crime, minor or major. The most vulnerable are in the greatest danger. I am merely pointing out a universal truism.

    In places like Kotahena, Mutwal, Mattakkuliya, Maradana, Borella, Kollupitiya, Wellawatta and other areas where Tamils live in numbers snatching gold chains from Tamil women in the road by criminals in mobikes is common. Drug-addicts complicate the issue. There are instances where Sinhala neighbours have castigated Tamil victims going to the police to lodge complaints. The country is not the same anymore. Yahapaalanya, my left foot.

    Nettabomman

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    KN Su,
    What a shame. A smart supremacist man like you only know how to ridicule the minorities but don’t know the 2 Southerners in the picture IGP Pujith and Minister Sagala Ratnayaka.
    Are they of your cast ?

  • 2
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    Muggings and shootings are very common in Negro Ghettoes in the USA. There people kill for a pair of Nikes. This weekend there were 50 shootings including deaths of 3 kids in Chicago. Ghetto Negroes are like the Ghetto Sinhala and Tamil people. They have no values; they are hooked on drugs; they love welfare and they do not think twice about killing people.

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      Sathyanadan

      “Muggings and shootings are very common in Negro Ghettoes in the USA.”

      Who are these Negros? I never heard of them before. Could you describe their background.

      I suppose the Hispanics, the Irish, Italians, …… do not have their own ghettos and are very honest citizens of the USA.

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    “”It would be better if all these cops go out and lecture all the drug addicts and criminals that they should never rob a phone because they can be traced through the IMEI number and arrested. I believe media also should play key role educating the potential criminals of the implications of stealing smart phones.””
    The thief knew what he was up to and the money to be made!!

    You are ill informed and wrong.Insurance covers phone, and free phones on contract -check Singapore. For over a decade there is an international market where from italian mafia change IMEI.. but its easier to export.

    The Massive Global Black Market For Smartphones:
    But phone trafficking is driven largely by the massive profits made by exploiting the price difference between smartphones sold in the U.S. and overseas. Americans who agree to two-year service contracts with their cell phone company can buy the latest iPhones for about $200 — a price subsidized by the carrier. In Hong Kong, an iPhone can be sold for as much as $2,000.
    This equation helps explain why more than 1.6 million Americans were victims of smartphone theft last year and why thefts of mobile devices now make up 40 percent of all robberies in major American cities. The rising street crime is exacting a heavy toll on consumers who spend an estimated $30 billion each year replacing lost and stolen devices, according to Lookout, a San Francisco-based mobile security firm.

    Smartphone-related crime has also turned increasingly violent. Last month, a 24-year-old man was shot in Philadelphia after police say he would not give up his cell phone to a thief. Last year, 26-year-old Hwangbum Yang of New York City and 23-year-old Megan Boken of suburban Chicago were shot and killed during separate iPhone robberies, police say.

    The SIM is your key to your telephone number, that´s the reason why you got a PIN code and why it locks you out after 3 failed attempts…IMEI registers with applications like WhatsApp.

    Change SIM password or block when lost.

    The underground market transporting iPhones and other gadgets around the world began with a different form of theft.

    For years, traffickers have hired teams of so-called “runners” or “credit mules” to buy discounted phones in bulk from retailers by agreeing to long-term service contracts. These runners simply stop paying the bills and sell the devices to traffickers who export them overseas…..

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/13/smartphone-black-market_n_3510341.html

  • 2
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    Terrible set of things to have happened to you! Hope you are better now.

    You should have gone to the hospital first, where it should be mandatory that they reported this to the police.

    It’s all due to the continual focus on macro-economic policies (and on top of that, with India this time around), but with very little to do on the mundane task of connecting up every-day institutions.

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    V. Kanthaiya,

    I am sorry to read your report but not surprised at all. I sincerely hope that you are recovering. Mental recovery from an assault takes often more time than the time needed for the physical injuries to heal.

    You should consider yourself lucky because you are alive.

    “The key reason is that people do not demand when they are mistreated. They do not raise their voice and tell they pay the fee for the service in advance and they need the service with right quality. But nobody does it. Because now everybody believes that this is the norm. This country has been like this in the past, it continues to be the same in the present and it will continue to be the same in the future as well.”

    Indeed.

    May I suggest that you make a complaint to the National Police Commission about the way the police treated you. You can find details here:

    http://www.npc.gov.lk/npc/

  • 0
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    Pathetic Amusing story I agree with Mr Kandiah.

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    This incident reveals two things. one is the incidence of crime where even innocent peaceful citizens fall victim, the other is the bureaucratic lethargy when such incidents occur. We cannot condone such incidents on the ground that such incidents are common in the decadent,materialistic West.Ours is a country with a rich spiritual tradition.
    The root cause lies in the failure of the people to elect decent,patriotic, law-abiding lawmakers.

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    Sorry to hear it happen to you

    But dont go jogging in Attidiya Badowita area as its quite notorious for ‘kuddas’

    For those who commented saying things like these dont happen in the west are sadly and badly mistaken ,I have lived for few years in the west and its very common to get mugged for stealing mobiles and money and get stabbed if you dont give it

    @ K A Sumanasekera ,please consult a good psychiatrsit buddy as you seem to see Ranil and FCID and Yahapalanaya and Sampanthan at all corners,its not good for your mental health or marital bliss!

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      Piss Lover.

      No hear for long time , Is Batalanada giving you a good time?.

      Y palanaya in fact is a blessing in disguise,

      So many new reports to read when I don’t play Golf, keep me away from the missus.

      And in fact it has brought back marital bliss from the abyss.

      How about yours, can I be of any help?..

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    What happened to this innocent gentleman V. Kanthaiya is truly dreadful. Sad to say that blatant robberies of this nature seldom happened during the days of the LTTE conflict as there were so many security forces at every corner. I am not advocating to bring back those days, but our police should be better trained and the criminals suitably punished and deterred. The need for a police report before a stabbing wound could be treated is illogical and the priorities wrongly placed. These people could do with a dose of common sense.

  • 0
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    This is an unfortunate incident! If it is in a western country, you don’t have to visit hospital, Paramedics and ambulance will arrive to pick you up. You don’t have to visit Police, police will visit your home to take the complaint! But will they catch the thief..I doubt. If it is a physical attack, chances are more!

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