team up with thugs to harass residents
ousted by thugs in Nawala with the alleged assistance of the Narahenpita
police have raised questions as to whether the police is also directly
helping these elements in the increasing crime rate in the country.
June 22, when Ranasingharachchige Sumithra returned home from work
around 4.30 pm, she found the padlock on her door broken and the
furniture in her house on the road.
to the residents in the adjoining houses, SI Jayasekera of the
Narahenpita police and five to six police officers had arrived at 135
Nawala Road around 3 pm. Along with the police officers two women
claiming to be officials from the courts and around 25 to 30 thugs had
also come to the spot. "The thugs were armed with iron rods, poles
and sticks. But since SI Jayasekera told us they had a court order to
measure the area, we gave them permission" the residents said.
having measured the area a police officer bearing number 27473 broke the
lock of Sumithra's house. The thugs then forcibly pulled out all the
furniture. The police officers who accompanied SI Jayasekera were
identified by the residents by their numbers
24676, 760, R29860, 29660 and 18325.
residents of No.135 claim that despite their request for identification
from the two women claiming to be officials representing the court, they
got none. "We told these officials we have been living here for
many years. We also told them this land legally belongs to the Colombo
Municipal Council (CMC) and we have the documentation to prove it"
the residents said.
ignoring the explanations of the residents the police officers and the
thugs threw all the furniture on to the main road. "We then called
the CMC and complained to the officials there. The municipality
officials told us we have nothing to worry about as the court order was
given to break down the house bearing No. 139 on Nawala Road" the
to the residents of No.135, on previous occasions a different set of
thugs had come to break their house. "When we showed these people
legal documents given to us by the CMC they went away" they said.
residents claimed that all these problems started after a businessman
bought the adjoining land. According to the residents the businessman
who runs a garage had paid the residents and got them to move to a new
location. "However he forcibly tried to remove us from our legal
home with the help of the local thugs and police" Sumithra said.
police entry CIB II 20/545 was then lodged by the residents at the
Narahenpita police station. While a solution is yet to be found to this problem all attempts by The Sunday Leader to contact SI
Jayasekera failed upto the time this edition went to press.
to IGP T. Anandarajah if the police officers in question cannot be
contacted, the matter must be discussed with the SSP of the area.
"I appreciate you asking me this question. When reporting an
incident with regard to the police it is essential that you get
both sides of the story at the same time. There have been past
cases where the media has reported incorrect information with
regard to the police. In such cases, by the time we reply to the
incorrect information the issue is stale" the IGP said.