The Sunday Leader

IUSF ‘Abduction’ Claims Rubbished

By Waruni Karunarathne

The police have denied allegations that they had ‘abducted’ two people as claimed by the Inter University Student’s Federation (IUSF) last week.

Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Police media spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said the police rejected the IUSF accusation of abducting two people following a demonstration staged in Colombo last week.

According to him, the police had taken into custody a lorry with a public announcing system that had no permit.

“Along with the lorry, the police seized loudspeakers with no permits and arrested two people who were in that lorry to take a statement. According to the Police Ordinance, a permit is required to have a public announcing system. After recording the statements, the police released the two people. It was clearly an arrest – not an abduction,” he explained.

ASP Gunasekera added that the fact report of the case was submitted to the Fort Magistrate’s Court last Friday and the police still have the lorry and the public announcing equipment in their custody.

However, according to the IUSF, the police ‘abducted’ a student and a driver of a vehicle used by the students at the end of the demonstration in Fort on the 11th of this month – and they were later released. The IUSF claimed that those who made the arrest were in civil attire and had arrived in a double cab.  According to the students, following the incident, the students had visited the Fort police station and sought information about the arrest but the police had insisted that no such arrest was made – but the students had later staged a protest outside the Fort police station and after nearly two hours, the two people had been released. The IUSF claimed that necessary procedures were not followed to make the arrest and therefore it was seen as an ‘abduction’.

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