Disgusting! Suspect wants water – Police Sgt.
urinates in his mouth
BY RUWAN LANA!" #AYA$DY AND SA%AN WADU&'( #ul) *+, *+-.
$n / %a) *+-., San0eewa ha1ing recei1e2 a call 3rom his mother on . %a) le3t his home at
-4., "eenagara, %e2agama, Paniren2awa, with the intention o3 1isiting his 3ather who ha2
5een 5rought home a3ter a stint in hospital. "e arri1e2 in Ampara 6two 7ilometres 3rom
Pri)angala, to Ra0iwelathenna8 at 4.9+ p.m.
!hen Sunil, the owner o3 the c)cle repair shop at which San0eewa wor7s, calle2 him at aroun2
:.9+ p.m. an2 in;uire2 whether eight uni1ersit) 3rien2s o3 his coul2 sta) at San0eewa<s parents
house in Ampara 3or a couple o3 2a)s 3rom / %a) onwar2s, to which he agree2 an2 ga1e him
the a22ress when as7e2.
=Sunil then calle2 me in 3i1e minutes an2 tol2 me that the police were loo7ing 3or me. "e tol2
me to sta) in Ampara. A3ter spea7ing to m) parents, > tol2 Sunil that since > ha1e 2one no
wrong > will come 3irst thing in the morning on ? %a) 5) 5us to @hilaw. At AB++ a.m. 5e3ore >
coul2 2rin7 the cup o3 tea m) mother ha2 ma2e me, two 2ar7 loo7ing, tattooe2, long(haire2,
5ear2e2 persons came to the 7itchen an2 gra55e2 me.
$ne o3 the persons hit me on the 3ace an2 han2cu33e2 me an2 at the 3ront entrance the same
was 2one to m) wi3e<s )ounger 5rother, %.. Nuwan @hamara, who also accompanie2 me to
Ampara. SiC in total came insi2e the house an2 two others were near the 5lue &allant 1an. !he)
then as7e2 3or mone) an2 rummage2 m) 5ag, rippe2 m) other trouser an2 onl) 3oun2 Rs -,9++
in m) purse a3ter which the) too7 m) National >2entit) @ar2 an2 mo5ile phone. Basna)a7e tol2
m) 3ather that he is 3rom the Unsol1e2 @rimes Unit o3 the @hilaw Police. !a7en near the 1an >
hear2 someone 6Dimuthu – a 2ar7 chap 3rom a neigh5ouring 1illage calle2 Yagan2ula8 insi2e it,
3rom the pitch 5lac7ness eCclaiming that this is San0eewa an2 that is @hamara. When > sai2 >
coul2 not recogniDe the person a police o33icer 7ic7e2 me sa)ing that > onl) 7new him when >
was engage2 in stealing.=
San0eewa a3ter as7ing Dimuthu whether he was tr)ing to a1enge some past anger, ha2 a3ter
getting into the 1an lunge2 at him to stri7e, ultimatel) hitting Dimuthu with his el5ow. !he
police ha2 then put San0eewa an2 @hamara un2er the 5ac7seat an2 5eat an2 stompe2 on them
an2 threatene2 them with 2eath. At the Ba77iela Police Station, the) were not ta7en in 5ut were
instea2 gi1en a written 2ocument stating that the) were 5eing ta7en in on suspicion. At ..9+
p.m. the) were 5rought to the @hilaw Police Station.
=!he) then 7ic7e2 us an2 as7e2 us to sit in the 1eran2ah room until the) got change2. A 5lac7
sunglass wearing man showe2 us two photographs an2 as7e2 whether we 7new the two who
were in the pictures. When we 2enie2 an) 7nowle2ge, a rather 3air 3at man then tol2 us that it
was the two o3 us.=
'lsewhere in San0eewa<s 1illage o3 Paniren2awa, it is ..9+ a.m. on -+ %a) *+-. at his house in
&o2ella, 94()ear(ol2 three(wheel 2ri1er Presle) <&amini< Eernan2o is soun2l) asleep . Eour
persons 2resse2 in ci1il an2 calling themsel1es police o33icers arri1e with two positioning
themsel1es at the 3ront 2oor while two ta7e the rear. !he two at the 5ac72oor announces that
the) are the police, while also ;uer)ing him whether there was a woman in the house, at which
point Presle) opens the 3ront 2oor. !wo o33icers 5arge in an2 han2cu33 him a3ter 1eri3)ing
whether his name is &amini 6a name that the 1illagers call him 5)8.
=Being 5rutall) sho1e2 as the) storme2 in, m) sarong 3ell 2own an2 the) hit me twice on the
3ace with their han2s. !hen m) wi3e who is reco1ering 3rom a heart surger) an2 is not suppose2
to un2ergo an) shoc7 to her 3ragile ner1ous s)stem, as per 2octors< or2ers, 3ell 2own
unconscious. !he) then remo1e2 m) cu33s an2 as7e2 me to li3t her up, which > 2i2 an2 a3ter
placing her on the 5e2 > sprin7le2 some water on her 3ace to re1i1e her. !his is when m) eight(
)ear(ol2 son, Sonal %in2i7a wo7e up an2 starte2 screaming. An uncle o3 ours in the 1icinit)
hearing this came running with a stic7 an2 came through the rear entrance. When the police
as7e2 him whether he came with a stic7 to assault them, he sai2 that it was merel) as
precautionar) measure, 5ecause in these times it coul2 e1en 5e ro55ers. When the uncle
;uestione2 them as to who the) were the) showe2 him their i2enti3ication car2s sa)ing that
the) were 3rom the police.=
!he police o33icers ha2 then ta7en him through the 3ront 2oor, tie2 his han2cu33s to his three(
wheeler 65ought on lease8 an2 ha2 whis7e2 him o33 to the @hilaw Police instea2 o3 the
%a2ampe Police, which is the closest 0uris2iction.
=!he) 2i2 not ta7e me insi2e the police station 5ut too7 me out 5ac7 to the one 5e3ore last room
in a stretch o3 outstation o33icers< ;uarters which ha2 a small chair, a pe2estal 5un7 an2 a green
rope tie2 to the ceiling, an2 three men were alrea2) there. !hree 1illagers were there an2 when
as7e2 i3 > 7new an) o3 them > sai2 > 7new the 3irst person 6Dimuthu8 who ha2 5een arreste2 as >
ha2 wor7e2 with him pre1iousl) in a ;uarr) 5e3ore se1ering all ties.
When > sai2 > 2i2 not 7now the other two, the) hit me on 5uttoc7s with a pole. > as7e2 them
what > ha2 2one wrong )et the) 5eat me again at which point > lost consciousness. !he) then
2ragge2 me out 5ac7, poure2 some water on me an2 with poles in their han2s 3orce2 me to strip
without telling me the reasons wh). > was with han2cu33s 5ut the) se1erel) 5eat me. !he
han2cu33s were then ta7en o33 an2 m) han2s were tie2 5ehin2 m) 5ac7 an2 the) tol2 me to get
on the 5un7 an2 then tie2 m) han2s to the rope. !he police then while hoisting me up 7ic7e2
the chair 3rom un2erneath an2 while > screame2 the) 5eat me 5rutall) sa)ing that their intention
was to 5rea7 m) han2s an2 3eet. !he other three were 5rought in later an2 > still i2enti3ie2 onl)
one – Dimuthu.=
San0eewa a22e2 that => argue2 a5out ta7ing m) clothes o33 an2 two with a nuncha7u an2
&iniseeri)a 6&linici2ia @epium8 stumps 5eat the soles o3 m) 3eet. !he) 2i2 not ;uestion us at
an) point 5ut 5eat us when we tol2 them that the) coul2 punish us a3ter telling us what we ha2
2one wrong. > was as7e2 to turn aroun2 an2 place m) han2s on the wall an2 the) hit me on m)
5uttoc7s se1en times an2 when > turne2 the) hit me with the nuncha7u. $nce m) han2s were
tie2 5ehin2 m) 5ac7 > was place2 on the groun2 an2 3urther assaulte2 5) 3i1e persons. When
ta7en to another room > coul2 not clim5 the chair as > coul2 not 3eel m) legs. !he) 5eat me up
again an2 when > was hoiste2 hal3wa) to the ceiling > 3elt muscles tearing un2er three minutes
an2 was 3eeling una5le to 5reathe.=
!he police at this point as the) ha2 2one pre1iousl) with San0eewa an2 @hamara, 6than7s to
Dimuthu who sai2 that, San0eewa, @hamara an2 Presle) ha2 committe2 the ro55er)8 saw 3it to
accuse Presle) o3 5rea7ing into shops, particularl) the Da1i2 Shop in Sem5u7atti)a. =Dimuthu
was ta7en awa) an2 > was 5eaten an2 @hamara was 5rought to the room at :.9+ p.m. na7e2,
5eaten with his 7neecaps shattere2. > was hung 3or hal3(an(hour an2 when > coul2 ta7e it no
moreF @hamara crawle2 o1er an2 somehow stoo2 up an2 7ept me on his shoul2ers 3or another
hal3(an(hour. A short 5lac7 man then hit @hamara in the 7neecaps with a pole an2 too7 him to
another room. > was untie2 an2 > imme2iatel) 3ell o3 the chair. Basna)a7e a3ter pissing on me
in3orme2 the others to not gi1e an) water to me. 'arlier we were gi1en onl) soap) water an2
ne1er at an) point was an) 3oo2 gi1en,= San0eewa remem5ere2.
At ? p.m. on ? %a), San0eewa an2 @hamara were hung again.
%erciless inhuman torture
=Dimuthu who 3rame2 me then as7e2 me to con3ess. > as7e2 him what wrong > ha2 2one to
him. !he police then crushe2 re2 chillies an2 5lac7 peppercorns in a coconut shell an2 ru55e2 it
on to m) genitals an2 all o1er m) 3ace. > screame2 that it was 5urning an2 stinging. !he) hit
me on m) genitals with a piece o3 a pole. > was then as7e2 to sit on the 5un7 an2 then the) 5eat
m) legs mercilessl) until the) were swollen. !he) stompe2 on me with their shoes. !he 5ones
an2 0oints in m) han2s ha1e all 5urst,= Presle) continue2.
=!he paste was ru55e2 all o1er our 5o2ies an2 we were swung with our arms tie2 to the ceiling
rope. > 5lac7e2 out at some point an2 was again 5eaten when > was prone, inert an2 li3eless. %)
soles were swollen. At -+..A p.m. we were place2 in leg cu33s an2 on -+ %a) at 4 a.m. the)
5rought in Presle) while we were sleeping. > was 7ic7e2 an2 when @hamara helpe2 me up the)
as7e2 i3 we 7new Presle) to which we sai2 no an2 Presle) too sai2 that he 2i2 not 7now us. !he
soles o3 m) 3eet recei1e2 5lows again,= San0eewa reminisce2.
Accor2ing to San0eewa, Presle) 3ell 2own unconscious when he was 7ic7e2 in the chest at
which point a short 5lac7 man presse2 his heel on Presle)<s chest an2 turne2 while appl)ing the
pressure o3 his weight.
%aliciousl) 3rame2 the) then realiDe...
=!elling us to a2mit to the wrong2oings, we were 2ragge2 an2 5eaten again. At no point was
Dimuthu e1er 5eaten. !he) then too7 photographs o3 us an2 sen2 them to @olom5o a3ter the)
got them 5ac7 in two hours it was pro1en that we were not the ones in the photos. !he) then
applie2 me2icinal oil while 2iscussing our 3ate. !he general consensus was to 0ust release us
while 7eeping me on to gi1e me2ication an2 release leisurel) at a later 2ate. Basna)a7e sai2
that we might cause trou5le 3or the police once outsi2e i3 the wor2 got out. "e then suggeste2
that the 3alse case regar2ing the allege2 ro55er) o3 the Da1i2 Shop in Sem5u7atti)a5e 3ile2 as a
suit against the three o3 us 5e3ore releasing.=
!he police then hit Dimuthu who spille2 the 5eans in that he ha2 3rame2 the other three without
an) 3actual 5asis an2 that San0eewa, @hamara an2 Presle) ha2 ha2no connection whatsoe1er to
the ro55er), something which he repeate2 to the %a2ampe Police again on -A %a).
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Presle) note2 that the 3our suspects were then ta7en to meet a police 5igwig in a 5ig police
5uil2ing 5) the @hilaw lagoon.
=$n 5eing ;uestione2, > tol2 the o33icer that > ha1e ne1er stolen. > was then shown a photograph
an2 the) insiste2 to me that it was > who was in it. Sergeant Basna)a7e then gritte2 his teeth,
2ragge2 me out an2 7ic7e2 me so har2 near the stairwell that > rolle2 right 2own. "e gra55e2
me 5) m) hair an2 hit me on m) 3ace, this is when m) lips crac7e2 open an2 > starte2 5lee2ing
pro3usel) all o1er the place.=
Pro2uce2 in @ourts...
!he 3oursome was pro2uce2 5e3ore the @hilaw District @ourt on -4 %a), at which Dimuthu
tol2 the #u2ge a5out his 5etra)al o3 the other three.
Presle) o5ser1e2 that when the) attempte2 to 3in2 attorne)s to represent them, the police
2issua2e2 them sa)ing that the) ha2 to 2o nothing an2 that e1er)thing was ta7en care o3. =$ur
5ail was set at Rs -+,+++ each, an2 in m) case, m) wi3e with much 2i33icult) ha2 to 3in2 the
mone). "owe1er, stating that > 2i2 not ha1e a cop) o3 the three(wheeler<s leasing agreement,
the) sent me to the Negom5o Prison 3or 3our 2a)s. A 7nown part) came an2 applie2 Si22halepa
5ut the pain was agoniDing an2 un5eara5le at night. Doctors ha1e since a21ise2 me to not use
m) han2s 3or a5out siC or se1en months.=
=We were also 3orce2 to a2mit 3alsel) to the allege2 crimes. !he) threatene2 us to not go to
e1en a hospital, a22ing that the) woul2 shoot us an2 throw us in the $cean a3ter ta7ing us in
again. Eor one month an2 -+ 2a)s we coul2 not go to the hospital as a result. !he) 1isite2 me
onl) once to ta7e me to appl) me2ication 5ut since we 2o not ha1e mone), the) 2ecline2 to
help su5se;uentl). '1en the) howe1er, a2mitte2 that San0eewa, @hamara an2 > were innocent.=
Basna)a7e threatene2 to 5om5 us or ta7e us in again a3ter placing a pac7et o3 2rugs, San0eewa
6who ha2 onl) 5een gi1en three me2icinal oil sessions 5) this point8 crie2.
=>n 3ear we ne1er went to the hospital. We 2o not ha1e e1en Rs *,A++ to channel a 2octor e1en
though, we ha1e 5een a21ise2 to an2 the 2octors ha1e repeate2l) remonstrate2 against us 3or
not 2oing so. =
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Presle) was 3inall) grante2 an2 release2 5ail.
/ August *+-.
!here is case against which we 7now nothing a5out on / August, Presle) remar7e2.
=!he law)er tol2 us that we ha2 5ro7en into two shops an2 this was what it was a5out. > 2o not
e1en 7now a5out some o3 the shops which we were a22itionall) charge2 with. We as7 wh) the)
put these trumpe2 up charges.=
Present status o3 San0eewa, Presle) an2 their 3amilies
San0eewa<s le3t an2 right han2s are completel) useless, an2 accor2ing to the 2octors treating
him at the Ragama &eneral "ospital 62octors 3rom the @hilaw &eneral "ospital secretl) too7
him to the Ragama &eneral "ospital as the responsi5le policemen ha2 1isite2 him in the
@hilaw &eneral "ospital8 it will ta7e 3our )ears 3or the arms to return to a point where he coul2
use them an2 3or him to also re3rain 3rom an) 7in2 o3 hea1) 2ut) wor7.
=All > as7 is that m) han2s 5e cure2. %) son as7s 3or something to eat an2 2rin7 the moment he
wa7es up. "ow am > suppose2 to get him 3oo2 an2 2rin7sG !he c)cle repair shop is now close2.
> ha2 to sell m) 5ic)cle to get me2icine on -. #ul). > can 5arel) wal7 as m) 3eet are swollen.
We ha1e no one to tell these things to. Nothing has happene2 to Dimuthu – he is rich an2 has
%eanwhile, Sonal %in2i7a Eernan2o, a thir2 )ear at the &o2ella anishta Hi2)ala)a is
mentall) 2epresse2 an2 has collapse2 se1eral times at school.
=What can we possi5l) 2o to sur1i1eG We ha1e ne1er stolen an2 ha1e alwa)s as7e2 when we
2i2 not ha1e something. '1en the 1illagers loo7 at us suspiciousl). We li1e in po1ert) )et we
ha1e trou5le2 no one. > am a3rai2 m) son will also get sic7 li7e m) wi3e,= Presle) laments.
Police %e2ia Spo7esman SSP A0ith Rohana sai2 that while statements ha2 5een recor2e2 3rom
the 1ictims, Assistant Superinten2ent o3 Police in Anama2uwa was con2ucting the in;uir).
Sergeant Basna)a7e 2enie2 an) in1ol1ement, calling the allegations 3alse.
Although their horri3)ing, nightmarish or2eal o3 a37aes;ue an2 "itchcoc7ian proportions was
the same, the 3inal sentiments o3 the two les misera5les mar7e2l) 2i33er, with Presle) cursing
them with 2eath an2 San0eewa<s 1oice wrac7e2 with so5s trailing o33,
=> thin7 it woul2 ha1e 5een 5etter i3 > ha2 2ie2 when the) were 5eating me.=