The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. Alahendra Acharige Dinesh Priyankara of Panadura North Police Division in Kaluthara district was illegally arrested and severely tortured by police officers attached to the Panadura North Police Station on 23 January 2011. Later he was brought to the station and questioned about a theft which happened in a newly constructed luxury house belonging to a former Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police. He revealed all the facts he knew and pleaded innocent following which he was brutally tortured by the Officer-in Charge and the officers of the police station. A fabricated charge was filed against him and he was produced before the Magistrate of Panadura who immediately enlarged him on bail. The District Medical Officer (DMO) was ordered to send the medical report on his condition. The victim’s mother complained to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) on the violation of her son’s fundamental rights. This case is yet another illustration of the exceptional collapse of the rule of law in the country.
This video was recorded at Janasansadaya, Panadura, Sri Lanka in February 2011.

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