Footage received by Colombo Telegraph shows violence unleashed during the wee hours of Saturday, when a bunch of Police officers threaten and assault a driver of a car on Duplication road.
The recorder of the footage had also been assaulted and forced to delete footage following the discovery by the Police officers that their actions were caught on camera.
Eye witnesses to the incident told the Colombo Telegraph that a Police barricade comprising a close to a dozen Police officers was erected pass St. Peters College on Duplication road.
The Policemen had routinely stopped vehicles assumedly to arrest those Driving Under the Influence of alcohol.
However as vehicles approached the human barricade, they witnessed Police officers threatening and assaulting the driver of a vehicle.
One person who was in a vehicle behind the one in which the driver was assaulted had proceeded to record the incident, once it proceeded to get violent.
Following the assault and threat of the driver the Police had then discovered that they were being caught on camera. According to the driver of the vehicle on which the footage was recorded, four Police officers had thereafter assaulted and threatened the passenger who was recording the footage.
“We were terrified by what was happening and we were in no mood to go to the Police or do anything. We just wanted to get home. The police were brutal and took down all our details after assaulting and insisting that the footage be deleted” he told Colombo Telegraph.
The initial issue which led to the Police action is unclear.