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SDIG to investigate ‘Civvies arrest’

 The Police Department has appointed Western Province Senior DIG Nandana Munasinghe to investigate the uproar against persons in civilian clothing attempting to arrest Medical Faculty Students Action Committee Convener Ryan Jayalath opposite the OPA building in Colombo 7 on Thursday.

Speaking to the Daily News Police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that they were officials of the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD). “The conduct of the CCD officers during the incident has also been questionable. Therefore the Police will do a separate investigation into it,” he said However, he added that Jayalath has been wanted by the Police Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) for forcibly entering into the Health Ministry building and damaging its property,.

A tense situation had arisen when the CCD attempted to arrest Ryan Jayalath following an anti-SAITM discussion at the GMOA office located at the OPA building.

It was reported that some of the Police officers were in civilian clothing.

As the crowd gathered at the OPA premises protested, the Police had left without taking Jayalath into custody.

Gunasekara further said there is an arrest warrant against Jayalath, also stating that the Police could arrest him even without a warrant for the offence of storming into the Health Ministry building.