The National Police Commission confirmed in a letter dated 29th January 2019, that they had concluded the complaint made by a parent bearing entry number WCIB II 96/80 regarding the child abuse of students at Royal Institute by Retired Major General Kamal Gunaratne and that a B Report bearing number M/U B3219/18 has been filed with the Nugegoda Magistrates court pending advice from the Attorney General.
The National Police Commission in its letter also confirmed that they had warned the Officer in Charge of the Women and Children’s Unit of Mirihana Police for not conducting the investigation properly when it was initially filed by the 14 parents on the 10th of October 2018.
Despite no action being taken by the Mirihana police station then, one parent proceeded further taking his complaint to the National Police Commission. The parent filed his complaint with the National Police Commission on 19th of November 2018.
Colombo Telegraph can confirm that ASP Amith Gunaratne the brother of Retired Major General Kamal Gunaratne is attached to the Mirihana Police Station.
“This is a blatant abuse of power by both Gunaratne brothers,” one parent said when contacted by Colombo Telegraph.
Earlier 14 parents of those children who were both incarcerated for five hours on the 9th of October 2018 by the school authorities of Royal Institute, went on to file individual complaints at the Women’s / Children’s Unit of the Mirihana Police Station. The students were locked up in rooms where even the classroom fans were not switched on. Also a set of new security personnel were brought in by retired Major General Kamal Gunaratne that day and were stationed outside the classrooms instilling fear and intimidation in the students.
Meanwhile the Royal Institute which has six branches island wide drew severe flak and criticism for the manner in which students were being treated for the delay in parents paying their school fees. This is despite the school charging unreasonable interest rates as much as 15% in charges for the delay.
Further Royal Institute also acquired the services of Retired Major General Kamal Gunaratne as the School’s Group Administration Director, who used his guerrilla type warfare tactics to harass parents instead of completing the administrative duties that he was recruited to perform.
Retired Major General Kamal Gunaratne has on several occasions in the recent past expressed his empathy towards children when speaking on several public platforms.
However Gunaratne’s unlawful termination of a 12 year old Grade 7 student on the 26th of February 2019, saw the Royal Institute being hauled into the Children’s Court at Battaramulla yesterday.
The presiding Judge of the Children’s Court took up the matter in the presence of the school principal, the student and the parent.
This second session of this case’s proceedings was scheduled to be heard on the 26th of March 2019.