|Police after millionaire over
assault on Dy Commissioner
Two special Police investigation units
have been appointed to probe the brutal attack on
Deputy Commissioner H.M. Denzil, Matara Division
Head of the Inland Revenue Department, following
information that a millionaire businessman may be
involved in the incident.
According to Police, Deputy Commissioner, Denzil had
summoned the millionaire businessman to the Matara
Division office of the Inland Revenue Department
last Tuesday (August 10) over the negligence to pay
taxes. The Deputy Commissioner had warned the
businessman that further delay in paying taxes would
prompt the Department to take legal action against
Deputy Commissioner Dezsil was brutally assaulted
on the same day he met with the said businessman.
Following information gathered from other officials
in the Matara Division office of the Inland Revenue
Department, Police suspect that the enraged
businessman may have given the contract to a gang to
assault the Deputy Commissioner.
H.M. Denzil is a resident of Hikkaduwa. He
commutes daily to the Matara Division office of the
Inland Revenue Department by bus. Last Tuesday too,
as usual, Deputy Commissioner Denzil reached the
Matara Bus Stand to catch a Colombo-bound intercity
bus. The time was 4:20 p.m.
When the bus was passing the Nupe Junction, two
passengers, who were wearing ‘brass knuckles’
started assaulting Denzil on his head, face and the
back. The two young attackers had boarded the bus at
the Matara Bus Stand and they were carrying helmets
in their hands. They had taken seats at the rear end
of the bus.
When the other passengers started getting agitated
over the attack, the two assailants threatened the
driver to stop the bus. Once off the bus, they
climbed on to two motorbikes that were following the
bus and fled towards Matara.
The wounded Deputy Commissioner was admitted to
the Intensive Care Unit of the Matara Hospital. He
was receiving treatment under strict Police
protection for two days and was discharged last
Friday (August 13). The Deputy Commissioner
requested from the media not to publish his
photograph as it may put his life further in danger.
M.H. Denzil was appointed to the Matara Division
office of the Inland Revenue Department only a few
months ago. Since the day of his appointment he
worked tirelessly to collect unpaid taxes in the
area under his purview. He was duty-bound to do so.
Due to his efforts, he was able to collect a large
amount of unpaid taxes over a short period of time.
According to Deputy Commissioner of Colombo
office and President of Inland Revenue Deputy
Commissioners’ Association, Sarath de Costa this
brutal attack was a result of the honesty and
efficiency displayed by Deputy Commissioner Denzil
in executing his duties.
“This is not a personal attack. He was subjected to
this assault while he was returning home after work.
This Deputy Commissioner was taking strict action
against those who neglected to pay taxes. This may
have angered some individuals and led them to take
this kind of action,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner de Costa added that this assault
demands a special investigation and urged the Police
to take the necessary steps to put the culprits
Police have already traced the number of one of the
motorbikes used by the assailants to flee the scene
which turned out to be false.