Minister to get SDIG report this week

A report on the conduct of the police, whether they had violated the arrest process when they tried taking into custody university activist Ryan Jayalath will be handed over to Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake this week.

Meanwhile, the minister had reportedly announced that he would make a special statement regarding the incident when Parliament meets tomorrow.

He said the police were going to arrest Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee activist Jayalath on charges of damaging public property inside the premises of the Health Ministry. He had allegedly caused damages to Health Ministry property after forcibly besieging the ministry with others on June 21 where they staged a protest against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) on June 21.

Police media spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said at a press briefing yesterday that Western Province Senior DIG,Nandana Munasinghe to check whether the police have made an error with respect to the arrest attempt. Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake instructed Inspector General of Police Pujitha Jayasundara to provide a report to him within a week regarding the incident and the conduct of the police officers involved in it.

Gunasekera said the IGP had appointed SDIG Munasinghe to investigate it. The report on the investigation will be submitted this week to the IGP.Future steps will be taken based on the findings of the report, he said.

Gunasekera said the vehicle belonged to the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD). “There were policemen in uniform inside the van,” he said.

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