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Man Extra-Judicially Shot To Death By Special Task Force

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information concerning Nawalage Kushan Thakshila Cooray (35) of the Minuwangoda Police Division in the Gampaha District. He was extra-judicially killed by Officers attached to the Special Task Force (STF) of the Sri Lankan Police Department. The victim was shot dead by the Officers while he was travelling in a vehicle with his friends. However, Police defended their action stating that the victim and his friends posed a threat to their lives by firing on them first. Police did not sustain any damage to their official vehicles. Why is that? The relatives of the victim recall their rights to justice through an independent investigation into the killing. This case testifies to the extraordinary collapse of the Rule of Law in Sri Lanka. The unwritten State policy of combating crime by killing suspects has allowed the Police to commit murder while enjoying impunity.

Case Narrative 

Sagala Ratnayaka – Minister of Law & Order

Following is information received by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) about Nawalage Kushan Thakshila Cooray (35) of Nilpanagoda, Minuwangoda in the Gampaha District. Kushan was a resident of the Minuwangoda Police Division. On 23 October 2017, Kushan was travelling with his friends in a vehicle belonging to one of them. A former member of the Western Provincial Council, with his security guards, was also in the car. They were travelling to take care of some personal affairs. They chose to drive along the Divulapitiya-Dunagaha-Ballapana Road to divert from the heavily congested main road. The many school buses cause traffic to be heavy at these times.

At 1 p.m., their car came under heavy fire from a vehicle following them and their driver stopped the car. Police Officers in camouflage dress came up to Kushan’s vehicle. They arrested all those inside the car. The Officers appeared to be following orders every step of the way. It is obvious that they did not follow any notices in respect to arrests and examination of civilians.

Kushan was shot, falling down on the floor of the vehicle. Kushan’s friends were taken out of the car and made to lie down in the drain duct on the side of the road. Officers brought a supposedly wounded Kushan to the Divulapitiya Government Hospital for evaluation. On admission the doctors pronounced him dead.

After some time, the Police issued a Media communiqué. They stated that a Special Task Force (STF) trailed a vehicle following information that a group of people were en route to commit a crime.
They stated that the STF vehicle was fired on first by people in Kushan’s car. Only then did they return fire.

However, Police never mentioned what crime was supposedly about to committed by Kushan and his friends. They did not come up with any other evidence either. Although Police later produced 2 revolvers which were said to belong to Kushan’s friends, they failed to reveal the fact that the legally issued weapons were for the protection of the politician in the car. The Police attempted to explain how Kushan’s car posed a threat to the Police van. If indeed they were fired upon first, how is it that not one of the Officers was injured at all?

Kushan’s relatives vehemently refuted the weak explanations presented by the Police. They elaborated the fact that if Kushan or any of his friends fired at the Police first, then some Officers should be hurt or at least injured. No Policemen were harmed. They categorically refuted all Police allegations. They accused the Police of unwarrantly, unlawfully and indiscriminately firing on unknown, innocent civilians and justifying the brutal killing by their Officers.

Kushan’s relatives maintain the position that he was illegally and extra-judicially murdered by the Police. Indications suggest that this is another shocking example of non-action by the Sri Lankan Police System. It extra-judicially kills, eliminating suspects who are often innocent, in the guise of crime prevention. (By AHRC)

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    Did AHRC investugate the incident or just writing based on the letter they got. What other newspapers say, there was a shoot out and photos are published. Besides, how this Western councilor got govt security when he was a Drug dealer. Weapons, ammunition and other things had been found in his house. check other newspapers.

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      This man the so called Law& Order has a Funny Look Man!!
      Get that Smirk off the face or Remove the Picture and put a cardboard copy.

      • 7
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        Are ex-PC members allowed to keep their weapons?

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          old codger,

          “Are ex-PC members allowed to keep their weapons?”
          .
          Thanks. I also do not understand why an ex-politician has armed body guards.

          • 1
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            Lone Wolf

            “I also do not understand why an ex-politician has armed body guards.”

            Isn’t it part of stupid South Asian VIP culture? It gives them extra-ordinary status apart from stolen wealth.

  • 17
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    Karma is a bitch. You guys had no problem when things were happening in the north and east. Remember the 5 students and 15 aid workers.

    • 3
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      Burt, well said friend. Those poor students were close to going to University, and spending their last weeks of freedom chatting away were gunned down by thugs in paramilitary uniforms. None were ever brought to justice. The two well known thugs were STF officer Kapila Jayasekera and Kotakadeniya. These bastards were never brought to justice. Why not? One of the dad’s was there trying to get in there to save his child and others but he was not permitted to go in and personally heard the gun shots fired at the children including his own. Oh man, that would have ripped the heart out of this poor father. Bastard Jim shitty and other racists will come back here to defend by saying either this did not happen or the students were involved in the insurgency. Just watch Burt and give it a few days and see what happens.

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      Burt,
      Did you ever have a problem with the LTTE Pistol Gang?
      Cheers!
      PS: Not in defense of horrific crimes committed by Sri Lanka Police since independence.

      • 1
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        Ben Hurling, what appears to be your concern? Burt stated some facts of what happened in Trinco and you are asking about LTTE pistol gang, what is the relevance? Why is that some of you people are still hung up on LTTE? Are you all in love with them so much that you cannot forget them?

  • 17
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    This man is an underworld king pin of the area. He should have been eliminated long ago. What this country needs is a Duterte to clean up things.

    • 15
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      “This man is an underworld king pin of the area.”
      Isn’t the required qualification for a Sinhala politician?

      “He should have been eliminated long ago.”
      Its never too late. If you can put this to practice: Sri Lanka politics could be cleaned before the next election.

      “What this country needs is a Duterte to clean up things.”
      Another uneducated, arrogant thug. He is also a lawyer like the one in SL.

  • 8
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    Poor Kusul……He must have been on a Pilgrimage…
    What is wrong with this Yahapalana Police?………
    This wouldn’t have happened under Dr Ranil’s New Constitution…
    From 2025 STF will have to get permission from the PC Member to follow his mates…….

    • 7
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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “What is wrong with this Yahapalana Police?………”

      You know the usual thing, the same thing that was wrong with the Dr Gota and his clan.

      Welikada prison massacre, (9-10 November 2012)
      Vellaaveli (1 March 2009)
      Trincomalee massacre (2 January 2006)

      “From 2025 STF will have to get permission from the PC Member to follow his mates…….”

      It used to be people had to get permission from Dr Gota’s boys to go to toilet.

      Soon after next elections all men and women may need to get permission from Grant Dukes of Mahasangha (or their rep saffron thug Gnanasara) to have sex. Gnanasara would check each partners for their compatibility.

      • 0
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        Dear Native,
        Do you suffer from Erectile Dis function to have so much hatred for people like Dayan , me and my and mates here…………
        Either you should see a Penis Implant specialist in the West…….Or come and live with Sagala or Mangala……..

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          “Either you should see a Penis Implant specialist in the West…….Or come and live with Sagala or Mangala……..”

          Have you done it yourself? Let me know the result as Jimsofty the Dimwit needs some help.

          “Do you suffer from Erectile Dis function to have so much hatred for people like Dayan , me and my and mates here…………”

          No Jimsofty, Wimal Sangili Karuppan, ………………….. need some help.
          In your case you need gene editing treatment.

  • 6
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    This is only one but do you all know how many these style murders in Jaffna and all covered up by the police and arm forces without any justice
    These all after 2009 and I don’t want anyone bring LTTE into this most of them are students

    • 12
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      How about Tamils themselves killed a school girl for pornography videos and TNA/wigneswaran are protecting vijayakala Maheswaran and Sivagilingam who protected the killer ?. Sinhala police officer who was loyal got into jail.

      • 1
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        Jim Softy,

        Do not bring in Racialism.

      • 2
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        Jim ‘pariah’ Shitty, what does this have to do with that low class woman Vijayakala and child rape/murder of Vidya. That is an entirely a different topic.

      • 1
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        Idiot Jimbo, Tamils did not kill the child but some retarded bastards who happened to be Tamils did that. You are one racist f*&k.

  • 7
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    “The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information concerning Nawalage Kushan Thakshila Cooray (35) of the Minuwangoda Police Division in the Gampaha District. He was extra-judicially killed by Officers attached to the Special Task Force (STF) of the Sri Lankan Police Department. The victim was shot dead by the Officers while he was travelling in a vehicle with his friends.”

    Hello CT editors 100s of thousands of innocent Tamils were killed extra judiciary by the state!
    Don’t they deserve a special mention? what is special about Kushan?

    • 3
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      The statement or sweeping comment “Hello CT editors 100s of thousands of innocent Tamils were killed extra judiciary by the state! Don’t they deserve a special mention? what is special about Kushan?” catches my attention. When you increase the numbers to 100s of thousands the importance of the main issue dimumishes on grounds of credibility. In my view, ethnicity, religion and all others one can name in terms of social classifications apart; we all must value human life. From the past regime to the present regime the change that took place was from the “military rule” to “police rule” and the concept of the “rule of law” is in the shades. Those days we dare not confront any military man fearing dire consequences. Now, the Police would simply brush as if the country belongs to them. The effect of Police rule is more felt in areas out of Colombo and an incident of the nature described in the Gampaha District is not a surprise. I do not know the extent of the dispute between those who shot and those who were shot. But chances are that those were shot acted in contempt of the shooters and the result is a personal vendatta. Acted in self Defence! One can tell that story to the Grand Mother unless very specifice evidence is provided of the those who were killed shooting first.

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        I am glad it caught your eyes. It is indeed a sweeping statement. If I had said 10s of thousands…it would have gone unnoticed. I am happy to be challenged on the numbers and have a debate on “what is special about Kushan?”

  • 8
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    Jimsofty the Dimwit

    STF was founded for the sole purpose of killing LTTE. How dare it now turned its guns on Sinhala/Buddhists?

    Be a man go protest in front of Temple Trees.

    • 0
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      Dear Native,……..
      Why ?……
      Are Women out of bounds at TT?…….

    • 2
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      NV to Jim Shitty: Be a man go protest in front of Temple Trees.

      TFN to NV: wrong advise to Jim Shitty.

      TFN to Jim Shitty, go and protest violently and throw a few hand grenades into the STF camp. You as a brave Buddhist, should put your foot down and attack the STF HQ. Once you are done with it, please come by CT and give us an update. :)

      Now NV, please say your final good bye to Jimbo. CT will be a boring place once Jimbo is done with the STF drama and then STF is done with Jimbo.

  • 9
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    Sri Lankan police, military and even the judiciary are biased and prejudiced and cannot be trusted to be neutral. This practice was normal under the previous regime of Rajapakse brothers.
    Sri Lanka, like some African countries is not ready for democracy, otherwise, it would have developed and prospered by now after nearly 70 years of self rule.
    The politicians reject the involvement of UN or Human rights organisations in pointing out their short comings until they themselves are made victims.
    Recently Namal Rajapakse, the son of former corrupted president under whom most excesses were committed appealed to UN against his arrest and detention when he led a protest march in Hambantota against a court ruling.

  • 6
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    The behaviour of the Sinhala Barbaric Police.
    No Inquiry, No Rport, No Investigation , No witnesses , and Final Summary Execution.
    this is exactly the pattern tried and tested by the Srilankan Police Butchers over and over again in the North and South on the Minority.
    No one asked Questions then???
    The Beginning of the Tamil Agitation were Mainly due to the Racist Sinhala Police.
    Burning of the Jaffna Library and so on and on.
    Every agitation caused by these Butchers which resulted in the mass Murder of Tamils by the Moda mullahs of the White vans.
    Every evil men and women got Rich in the game of War and Gun Running,

    Why ? It was all agreed and accepted by the barbaric Sinhala clan then?
    Now they have resorted to do on their own Clan.
    That’s the difference , because of the Goodgovernance and its policy on FREEDOM OF SPEECH the down fall of these Butchers will be resorted soon.

    Hopefully ! The Law& Order Minister will respond to the calls of the Sinhala Public.
    Time to CULL THE SINHALA POLICE BUTCHERS .

    TIME TO RECRUIT A POLICE FORCE FROM THE MINORITY TOO.
    IT MIGHT BE FARE AND DOABLE.

    The curse OF these Butchers are not far off for a Summary Execution on them itself.

  • 6
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    There is rumour that some one bought a young elephant from Myanmar for the Dalada Maligawa. The young tusker was worth Rs 10 – 15 million. but, the individual, One Artigala, an VVIP individual, HQs sent Rs 262 million for tht Tusker. So, a humongous fraud. IT seems there is more to it (Machcumara). A politician connected.

  • 5
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    One rumour is that money was sent by the politician who was threatening to throw grenades/hand bombs at the building.

  • 9
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    Drug lords shouldn’t be considered humans. STF, please carry out your duty

    • 2
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      Zuhair Jungee,

      Drug lords shouldn’t be considered humans. STF, please carry out your duty
      When did you become the executioner why not take a job at nearest butchers store with your pal Jim Sothy

  • 2
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    Killing by Policemen in Uniform. should always reviewed by People at the top without bias. When bias creeps in there is no Government. The 1970/76 Government of simply condoning the Police Killing in the North contributed to the rising of the youths. Government should handle the issue with care, without simply ratifying. Magistrates cannot act as Rubber stamp of the Police.

  • 5
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    Congratulations! STF for acting pro actively against drug barons.

  • 4
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    I don’t know when will Galagodaatte Nanasara, Bengamuwe Nalaka, Narahenpita Nurse Saadu, Akmeemana Dayaratna, Elle Gunawansa, Ittakande Saddatissa, Madagoda Pindapaatha Saadu, Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila, Dinesh Gunawardana, Sarath Weerasekara, Kamal Gunaratna, Gunadasa Amarasekara, Sivagilingam get together and shoot STF vehicle. Welcome any suggestion to add names to the above list to rescue this once beautiful Island from blood thirsty animals.

  • 2
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    How about those killed by the police while being taken to locate hidden arms. If the police had brains they should have handcuffed those in custody when taking them to find hidden arms. Several were killed in this manner and the motive why they didn’t handcuff is clear.

  • 4
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    Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah, who was appointed Navy Commander on August 18, has become the shortest serving Navy Commander in Sri Lanka, serving a meager 64 days.

    President Sirisena this morning decided against extending the service of Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah and appointed Rear Admiral S. S. Ranasinghe in his stead.

    this is a world record created by the yahapalana government!

    • 1
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      Retarded Reverse Admiral Sarath W.

      Why not another World record Sriyani Bandaranayake was appointed Chief Justice for one day and after a puppet and sucker with a Tamil name was appointed chief Justice to tell ‘yes’ to everything Yahalpalanaya Government wants.

  • 3
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    When the police is dealing with armed thugs , it not like playing cops and robbers in kindergarten.

  • 1
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    To overcome this trend wait till a leading Politician gets it – them My3 might say
    something!! Elsewhere it was revealed that Police Station deaths were as follows:
    4-11-16 S. Dias – Gampaha , 27-4-17 J.K.Chaminda Walana Vice Sqd.
    18-6-17 A D Pushpakumara Pitigala. 26-6-17 R..D.Gunadasa Warakapola
    15.8.17 P. Jayalath Kalmunai 9.8.17 D.P.Premasiri Colombo North
    25.2.17 C,S,Wickremaratchi Paliyagoda, 19.9.17 M.P.Hemavipul Pitigala
    4-10-17 N:A:G:Edward Divulpitiya, 18.9.17 P. Chandraratne Polonaruwa Remand
    custody death.

  • 3
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    The title is grammatically incorrect. It is also hyperbole. Yes a gangster was killed in a shooting incident. Yes the STF retaliated. Good. More and more gangsters are becoming emboldened now that the war is over. A lot of them are military deserters or ex-servicemen without much else to do than help drug lords and thugs. They suffer from PTSD. These should be the key stories. No one misses a gangster. What happened to Bonnie and Clyde? Same story. Duterte is engaging in a lot of it and Trump praised him. New order in the world. Listen to Trump who wants to punch and hit anyone who even insults him slightly. Time to hit back at drug lords and gangsters. SL used this method to wipe out the JVP leadership.

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    Yahapalanaya would have allowed or requested the shooting just when the tussle for the share could not be hidden or went unsatisfactory. Like once before Ponny was to Old Brother Prince in murders and rapes, cut throat criminal Jeyam is flexible in all ways for Yahapalanaya heads, not excluded New King or Ranil. When Duminda went from UNP to SLFP he was prosecuted by Yahapanaya. All other famous drug dealing cases, even the one of Ranil’s previous counterpart or other murder cases has not come out. Kegalle Jayamanne, the Sinhala Gobi’s murder has ended as suicide. Wimal and wife are out without Wimal hospitalised. Wimal has now chest pains, an easy passport and Visa to army hospital vacation when Yahapalanaya Judges condemn hims for hospitalization. But, only few using the vehicle abuse cases filed. The reason could Ranil and New King might have been using their private vehicles for move around with secrecy, but other donkeys might have been using the public vehicles to their night club trips.

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    Sri Lanka is not a country where the high profile members of the society behaves with morality and civilized standards and norms; I say high profile, and that means politicians, the rich, the bankers, kudu mudalaalis, high level civil servants and hangars on to politicians, some school principles and some clergy of all sides, and of course the gangsters. If they do not have any respect for the law abiding citizens of the country that are wedged between those above that I mentioned, and have no respect for their human rights as they hound and victimise the innocent citizens and voters, then do not expect human rights for themselves whenever they get caught up in gun fights with security services. Take weapons to cause destruction and havoc to law abiding people, then expect to get the same treatment when confronted with security services. AHRC, do not expect me to shed tears for these villains that you are trying to protect. They fully deserve what they get in return. Try and apply your rules in UK, US, France or any other western countries, and you will find that those Western Governments do not give a hoot to such rights, even when they pump lead into innocent people that they marginally suspect as working on the wrong side of law. UK government is just about to pass a law where they could even prosecute or even shoot a person dead just because they think, the person might have some negative thoughts or for reading material that the authorities think may be a threat. So, where does AHRC stand wrt to these so called civilized western governments.

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    When I asked my learned friend about this he said
    “These things happen men, anyway the bugger was asking for it”
    What to do?
    HR whatever, nothing will happen to the boy who pulled the trigger (if they can find him, that is)..

  • 0
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    The incident as described here is a text-book extra-judicial killing. Such killings are common the world over. India calls this ‘fake-encounter’. US invented ‘hung-jury’.
    Politicians adapt a ‘hand-off’ approach and in return get protection. Police are known to boast “The President and/or PM will shield us”. A similar concession to the armed services has created a parallel government led by the army.
    Extra judicial killing is a precursor to the Duarte type massacres. Do we want this?

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