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Police after millionaire over assault on Dy Commissioner

By Dammika Ranaweera
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 him.

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 behind bars.
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.