SLIIT student assault case:
Four cops released, 10 others re-remanded
Four policemen who were remanded in connection with the alleged
assault on the SLIIT student Nipuna Ramanayake were released by Kaduwela
Additional District Judge R.A. Ranaraja on a direction by the Attorney
General yesterday. The other ten suspects including the wife and son of
former CCD Director Senior SP Vaas Gunawardena were further remanded
till September 29.
The four suspects who were released are Attapattu Sarathchandra, P.B.
Dinesh Shamal Dayawansa, A.P. Priyantha Sanjeewa and D.M. Kelum Ranga
Earlier, the Crime Division conducting investigations into the
alleged assault on the student Nipuna Ramanayake produced 14 suspects
including the wife and son of former CCD Director. The other suspects
are all police personnel, three Sub Inspectors, a Police Sergeant and
eight Police Constables.
After lengthy submissions by the Senior Defence Counsel Asoka
Weerasuriya, DIG Anura Senanayake and Senior Attorney Hemantha
Wettasinghe, who watched the interest of injured student’s family
members, the Judge directed the investigators to obtain advice from the
Attorney General and submit a report.
Crime Division DIG Anura Senanayake who appeared for the prosecution
with SP Niel Hettiarachchi submitting a ‘B’ report said the Attorney
General had advised them to release four suspects who were taken into
custody in connection with the alleged assault. The investigations had
revealed that they were not involved in the assault or abduction of
DIG Senanayake said they are investigating into several telephone
calls alleged to have been given to SP Gunawardena and his wife while
travelling in the police jeep with student Nipuna Ramanayake. Those are
not threatening calls, DIG Senanayake said.
Investigations had not revealed that Senior SP Vaas Gunawardena had
been involved in any of the issues to frame charges against him.
But the dossier of the investigations had been forwarded to the
Attorney General and a reply was being awaited to continue with the