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‘Probe into conduct of Police officers on duty near refugee shelter’

The Special Investigation Bureau of the Police Headquarters has begun an investigation into the conduct of Police officers who were at the scene during the agitation near a refugee shelter in Mount Lavinia that housed 31 Rohingya refugees.

Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said the investigation is to determine whether there had been any lapse on the part of the Police Officers.

Responding to a question at a press conference at Welikada Police Station yesterday, SP Gunasekara further said two more suspects are to be arrested in connection with the Mount Lavinia incident. They are Ven. Arambepola Rathanasara Thera and Prageeth Chanaka Gunathilake.

“These two suspects are absconding from the Police. Prageeth Chanaka Gunathilake has three court cases pending against him and he is out on bail from Panadura Magistrate’s Court. Two of those cases are about damaging religious places and one case is over threatening the Principal of a Girls’ school in Panadura,” he said.

He said the five suspects arrested in connection with the Mount Lavinia incident would be produced for an identification parade on October 9, adding that those who violently behaved during that incident had committed a number of offenses coming under the Penal Code and several other laws.