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Court orders To arrest ASP and HQI over Embilipitiya incident

The Embilipitiya Magistrate has instructed the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to arrest the suspects including the former Embilipitiya Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and the Headquarters Inspector (HQI) in connection with the clash which resulted in one death on January 04.

The Magistrate ordered the CID to immediately arrest the ASP and the HQI and produced them before the court as well as to arrest the other suspects and produced them in an identification parade, President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasooriya told.

The clash involving a group of policemen and several civilians attending a function at a residence resulted in the death of one youth and injuries to several others.

The investigation into the incident was handed over to the CID on Friday (22) based on the instructions of the Attorney General (AG).

Four policemen and three civilians were hospitalised with injuries following the clash at a residence on Nawa Nagara Road in Embilipitiya on January 04 while one of the latter succumbed to injuries just days later.

Family member of the deceased claim he was beaten and pushed off the top floor of a building while the police spokesman had stated that he had jumped.

Villagers also allege that two policemen requesting for liquor from the homeowners at the party had triggered the clash.

Meanwhile the Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake told Parliament today that it was police officers who had informed the police emergency hotline and the ASP in question regarding as incident and not neighboring residents.