A group of legal practitioners has called upon the IGP to launch a high-level inquiry in the death of the youth who was in custody of the Talawakelle Police in order to determine the truth and assure the people that inhuman and undemocratic acts will not continue under the new regime.
Lawyers for Democracy (LFD) issuing a statement on the death of the youth, while expressing their grave concern have pointed out that the explanation given by the Police concerning how the death occurred is suspicious due to several improbabilities.
“This explanation resembles the ones given by the Police for the past three years, concerning sudden deaths of individuals who were in Police custody,” LFD Convener Lal Wijenayake states.
He has pointed out further that it’s regrettable that the Police have failed to appreciate the verdict of the people at the last Presidential elections where they rejected the human rights violations committed by the Rajapaksa regime.
Identified as Marimuttu Manoj, the youth was in custody of the Talwakelle Police as a suspect when his death occurred. The explanation given by the Police concerning the death is that he fell into a tank and drowned to death, in his attempt to escape while he was being transferred in a Police jeep.