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Detainee commits suicide

A 17-year-old detainee has committed suicide at the Pettah Police Station yesterday by hanging inside a cell.

The Police Media Spokesman’s Office said he was arrested for possessing cannabis on Wednesday at Bastian Mawatha in Pettah.

Police Media Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said an investigation was underway to determine the cause of the death. The detainee was a resident of Haputale. He had used the under-shirt he was wearing to hang himself, police said. His body is lying at the Colombo National Hospital for post-mortem.

The IGP has appointed a DIG to investigate the death.