The Law In Quest For Justice

By Binoy Suriyaarachchi

SSP Ajith Rohana and Hemal Gunasekera

The police investigation teams are still looking for clues to arrest unidentified offenders who assaulted a police constable and those who set fire to the officer’s car in the 20-acre area, Bombuwala in Dodangoda. The preliminary inquiries into the incident have already been concluded, and the investigation teams are now focusing on the secondary level investigation based on scientific evidence, police sources said.

Ruling party member, Deputy Minister Hemal Gunasekera has been in the spotlight as injured constable, A.H.D. Suminda Saman in his statement to the police stated that he believes the Deputy Minister was behind the attack. The police teams have not recorded a statement from the Deputy Minister in their preliminary investigations, The Sunday Leader learns. The police officer who was initially admitted to the Nagoda General Hospital following the attack has been transferred to the Police Hospital for further treatments.

Reportedly, he was threatened by the Deputy Minister at the Southern Expressway tollgate at Kottawa interchange on May 20. This came after the officer attempted to impose a fine sheet to the driver of the minister’s vehicle that travelled towards Kottawa on the Expressway exceeding at a speed over 140 Kmp bearing a garage number.

Arguments

Instead of accepting the fine sheet, the Deputy Minister had allegedly threatened the officer and forced him to kneel down and apologize. However, when the constable refused to do so, the Deputy Minister had paid the fine and left the scene after arguing with the police officer, the police sources said.
More questions remain unanswered surrounding the controversial attack on the constable that occurred just 10 days after the argument with the Deputy Minister. Police Spokesperson, SSP Ajith Rohana told.

“The constable suspects the Deputy Minister is behind the attack. So do his family members. But, in the first place, our teams need to clarify whether a cab has come to the crime scene, whether there was a shooting, and whether the vehicle was set on fire by a third party.

The investigation teams need concrete evidence to establish these facts. The teams have doubts about whether they can record the statement from the Deputy Minister under this circumstance,” said SSP Rohana. However, an inquiring team attached to the Mirihana Police has recorded a statement from the Deputy Minister, Hemal Gunasekera on May 5.

In a joint operation, three police teams conduct inquiries into the incident. SSP Rohana went on saying that the constable in his statement to the police has stated that those who assaulted him and torched his car came in a cab.

JVP National Organiser, Bimal Ratnayake commenting on the incident said that the top-rank police personnel hesitate to step forward to safeguard their subordinates.
“The police constable has imposed the fine to the Deputy Minister’s vehicle. Thereafter, within a few days, this police officer was assaulted and his car was set on fire. But how has this happened?”

CCTV footage

“But this is his version of the story. We need to ascertain other details to accept his evidence,” SSP Rohana added.

According to SSP Rohana, the police investigations have also revealed that there was an argument between the police officer and the Deputy Minister at the tollgate. “But first it’s required to reveal whether that this particular incident has any connection to the second incident,” said Rohana.

It is reported that some records submitted by the police constable to the daily register book at the Kottawa Police post regarding threats and intimidations that he was subjected to by the Deputy Minister, have been destroyed.
SSP Rohana while denying the allegations said, “Both the Deputy Minister and the police officer admitted that the incident happened at the tollgate. The police have also obtained the CCTV footage of the incident.”

The officers attached to the Government Analyst’s Department have examined the crime scene on May 31. A comprehensive report will be issued by the GA Department to make known the cause of the fire. Until that time, we cannot make a prejudgment,” said Rohana.

It is also reported that a comprehensive letter has been handed over to the Police Headquarters by the injured officer requesting to conduct unbiased inquiry into the matter.

Unfair to blame me: Deputy Minister Hemal Gunasekera

Cooperatives and Internal Trade Deputy Minister Hemal Gunasekera told The Sunday Leader that it was unfair to blame him for the attack on the police constable in Bombuwala area in Dodangoda.

“I’m not involved in this. I don’t want to interferer with the police investigations,” said Gunasekera. The Deputy Minister admitted that his vehicle had been issued with a speeding ticket at the Southern Expressway on May 20 by constable Suminda. “I don’t even know this person. We left after paying the fine by my driver. I don’t know anything more than that,” Gunasekera said.

The deputy Minister pointed out that it could be anyone who could travel in the cab and assaulted the police constable. “As this turn out to be a big issue to me, I also did some researches on this officer lately. I came to know that this constable had a personal dispute with an army soldier over a domestic problem. So, it might be him who wanted to assault the police officer. I don’t even consume meat or fish, how could I harm anyone,” Gunasekera added.

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UNP demands action against Deputy Minister

The United National Party (UNP) strongly condemns the attack on police constable Suminda Saman.

The UNP issuing a hard-hitting statement said that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) should stand up to safeguard the safety and dignity of police officers and the thousands of others that may face a similar predicament at the hands of politicians and their affiliates.

The statement further cited, “Will he question the Deputy Minister; will he demand accountability of the political leadership? The IGP must set an example to prove that no one is above the law.

Constable Saman’s only crime was that he treated a minister of the government like he does any other citizen. He has paid the price for his fair duty. Which policeman will ever dare to book a politician for wrongdoing again?”

The UNP statement also says, “For the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunga in broad daylight in 2009, for the innumerable attacks on media personnel, the Secretary to the Judicial Services Commission during the impeachment saga, the attack on a group of UNP parliamentarians in Mattala, investigations have only been commenced, never concluded.

Perpetrators are never prosecuted and impunity reigns. The investigations have always led nowhere, perhaps because the trail leads too often to the doors of the most powerful people in this country.”

10 Comments for “The Law In Quest For Justice”

  1. gamarala

    Constable Saman is a victim of State Terrorism – as he dared to “ticket” a deputy minister for speeding.
    Every ruling party politician has a team of hired thugs used during elections,and later maintained to suppress those who dare to “insult” him – a ‘speeding ticket’ is considered an insult.

  2. Dan

    Mr. Hitler, the big thug was also a vegetarian. He was so innocent too.

  3. shantha

    Going under the carpet?

  4. Gamini

    act of Mahinda Chinthanaya

  5. It won’t be difficult to topple this govt ‘coz the govt goons do it on their own.

  6. Lima

    FOR WHAT HE LAW IS WAITING FOR , IS IT FOR CHRISTMAS , IT IS CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD THIS RUBBISH MURDER KIND MINISTER IS RESPONSIBLE , IF IT IS IN PAKISTAN , INDIA OR BANGLADESH THE GAME WILL BE DIFFERENT , WHY THE POLICE ITSELF HIDE THE TRUTH OF THEIR OWN LAW , WHAT GURANTEE THE POLICE HAVE FOR THEIR STAFF , ALL POLICEMEN SHOULD COME OUT AGAINST THIS CULPRIT AND THE AJITH ROHAN IN ORDER TRY TO DIGEST , YOU ARE SUPPRESSING THE TRUTH AND MAKING FALSE ALARM AGAINST THE VICTIM , HOW SIN THE VICTIM IS AFTER GOING THRU SO MUCH PAIN IN UPHOLDING HIS JOB AS A DUTY BOUND PERSON ,
    ARREST THIS CULPRIT MINISTER AND PUNISH HIM FOR LIFE , WHO CARES , IT IS OUR MONEY THEY ARE ENJOYING AND TRYING TO RULE US.

  7. Gabriella

    Luckily the police officer didn’t shoot himself after beating himself up ! He probably deserved the thrashing he gave himself for fining the honourable, non meat or fish eating (Vegan), virginal, devout Buddhist Minister. How did a man of this police officers ilk join the illustrious and incorruptible Sri Lankan police force ?

  8. Jason

    HILARIOUS STATEMENT BY THE DEPUTY MINISTER:

    “I don’t even consume meat or fish, how could I harm anyone,” Gunasekera added.

    Of course, everyone knows the outcome of this case.
    The incompetent SL Police will brush it aside due to political influence!

  9. Kingsley

    What we have is absolutely disgraceful police under a puppet IGP. Police reputation is in tatters for many years- recently there has been 8 deaths of probable criminals under police custody. This does not happen anywhere in the civilised world and disgraceful spokesman says – jumped from the jeep, tried to get a grenade etc when it is blindingly obvious that when cuffed and chained they can not do any thing. When H’tota mayor was brandishing a gun, police was smiling yards away. Still, this man is not questioned. Today the police is an extension of a private gang of politicians. In this incident the IGP has shamed the whole police and probably shattered the morale of his force by not standing upto political criminals and supporting his man.. This is despicable, pathetic and disgracefull. He has made the police a laughing stock!!

  10. First place IGP has to have dignity and pride. IGP cannot stand up as a leader of an establishment. He must be a coward. Police should have question Hemal within hours. IGP must be a puppet. Poor Sri Lankan public must learn not vote for any thugs in the election, regardless which party they represent.

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