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HR watchdog alleges police brutality

By Dinidu de Alwis
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in a report just released alleges that Sri Lankan police are responsible for fabricating charges against many individuals. The human rights watchdog also alleges that police are also using torture as a method of obtaining confessions.
The report, in which AHRC details 323 accounts of police brutality with names and other information of officers and suspects concerned, was released online on Friday.
“The most notable finding of this report is that almost all of the victims whose cases were summarized were randomly selected by the police to be arrested and detained for a fabricated charge,” the report said.
Meanwhile Police spokesman SP Prishantha Jayakody denied the findings of the report and said there can’t be such a number of cases of police brutality. “People in Sri Lanka have mechanisms to fight such brutality including the Supreme Court, Human Rights Commission, and by complaining to high ranking officers of the police force itself,” he said.
The report comes on the aftermath of allegations of police brutality following the death of one demonstrator due to gunshot injuries during a clash between protesters and police in the Katunayake FTZ – an incident which the report also documents.