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Mundalama Police officers file FR case over interdiction

Three Police officers of the Mundalama Police have filed a fundamental rights application stating that the Police interdicted them for arresting and taking legal action against an illicit liquor dealer.

The Supreme Court granted leave to proceed with the petition and a bench comprising Justice Shirani Bandaranayaka and Justices Saleem Marsoof and Andrew Somawansa gave two weeks time for respondent to file objection and fixed the hearing of the case for June 24.

Petitioners Police Sergeant H.M. Karunatilleke, Police Constables A.H.M. Dissanayake and S.A. Shantha Kumaratunga cited Mundalama Police OIC V. K. Massakkara, DIG North Western K.M.L. Sarathchandra, SSP Chilaw Division Roshan Fernando, L.B.S.K. Fernando, ASP Puttalam and the Attorney General as respondents.

In the petition, the petitioners stated that on September 24, 2007 at 2 p.m., on information received by them, they reached the Mohoriya village, where a woman named Ramani had been standing on a culvert with two other men.

The persons had been puffing ganja when the petitioners moved to arrest them. The two men had begun to wrestle with the petitioners, soon after which a mob of about 10 had gathered at the scene, surrounded the petitioners shouting abusive language and enabled Ramani and the two men to run away.

At that time the petitioners had arrested Ramaniís son Laksiri and filed a B report. On the same day, the Police received a complaint by Laksiri and his sister Sudharshini, stating that the petitioners came to their house and sexually harassed her and assaulted Laksiri.

They had alleged that the petitioners had tried to take Sudharshini to a brick furnace and that Laksiri came for her rescue. They had stated that it was then that Laksiri had been arrested.
Subsequently Ramani pleaded guilty to Case No. 46099 filed by petitioners and paid a fine of Rs. 6,000 at Anamaduwa Magistrate.

The petitioners further stated that they acted in terms of the Police Ordinance, Criminal Procedure Code and Crime Circular issued by the IGP, which gives special directives to combat the drug menace. The North Western Province has been identified as an area where illicit liquor is brewed on a large-scale.

According to the petitioners, the Mundalama Police had failed to take action against the illegal selling of narcotics in the Mohoriya village, and the fourth respondent is known to have a close association with Ramaniís family.

The petitioners stated that the purported arrest and institution of action against them in the Magistrateís Court by the first and fourth respondents was mala fide malicious and motivated for extraneous reasons.
The petitioners prayed court to declare the interdiction and refusing to pay their salaries pending inquiry null and void and make order reinstating them. - SS

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