“The spate of deaths during the last few weeks of persons while in Police Custody is alarming. In none of these cases has the official spokesman for the police given an explanation that can even be considered by a layman to be worth considering. The casual manner in which the death of persons in Police Custody is being treated by authorities is an insult to our system of administration of justice” says Lal Wijenayake.
“It is regrettable that our political system is not concerned of the disappearances, abductions, extra judicial killings, death of persons in police custody and in general with the violations of fundamental rights of citizens. It is Parliament that should have taken up these matters and seen to it that every incident is accounted for. The lethargy of the legislature to take up these matters has made these incidents to pass unchallenged. Therefore, we call upon Parliament to take up these matters as urgent matters of deep concern to the people” the Convener – Lawyers for Democracy, Lal Wijenayake told Colombo Telegraph.