A resident of Dharga town – Mohamed Junaid Mohamed Imran who had been victimized by the anti-Muslim violence that erupted in the area last month filed a Fundamental Rights Petition in the Supreme Court yesterday over the failure of the Police Department to uphold its powers and duties.
The petitioner who had suffered gunshot wounds on June 15 as a result of the anti-Muslim violence in Dharga town, has cited that he has been violated due to the gross and systematic failure on the part of Sri Lanka Police Department to uphold the rule of law and to fulfil their duties and obligations specified under the Section 56 of the Police Ordinance No: 16 of 1865.
He has named the IGP N. K. Illangakoon, Anura Senanayake – Senior DIG Western Province, R W C N Ranawana – Deputy DIG Police, Major General (Retd.) Nanda Mallawarachchi – Secretary to the MInistry of Law and order and the Attorney General as the respondents to the Petition.
The petitioner in making his case has asserted that he suffered from gun-shot injuries when he attempted to look into the safety of his neighbours, whose houses were set ablaze. He charges although a mob of about 300 people were in the area, the armed STF officials stood by without taking any steps to dispel the mobs.
The petitioner has noted that due to his medical condition following the gun shot would he is no longer able to pursue his employment.
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