DNA test to be conducted on deceased inmate

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has commenced an investigation into the incident that took place at the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre on Tuesday night. Accordingly, an investigation team of the Commission had visited the Centre on Thursday.

The Human Rights Commission stated that a full independent investigation will be conducted into the incident based on the report provided by the relevant team.

Meanwhile, 653 inmates who had escaped  from the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre have been apprehended by the Police thus far and will be produced in Courts, according to the Commissioner-General of Rehabilitation.

Some of them have been remanded in custody while the others are being held at the Polonnaruwa, Medirigiriya, Bakamoona and Minneriya Police stations to be produced before Courts. Speaking to the Daily News, Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Maj. Gen. Dharshana Hettiarachchi said that the deceased inmate had sported a beard and long hair for over 15 years and after he entered the rehabilitation center, he had to shave his beard and cut his hair and his parents had doubts about his identity as they found it hard to recognize him.

However, it is said that he also has another brother in the Army and the parents together with his brother are scheduled to come again to see if they can identify the body.

Hence, a decision has not yet been taken to conduct a DNA test until the parents arrive to identify the body again.

Police Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa also told the Daily News that no decision has been taken to conduct a DNA test so far.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Hettiarachchi said that the postmortem examination also cannot be done until the body is identified.


by Daily News Sri Lanka

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