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Why People In South Asia Elected Criminals As their representatives In political Arena .....!

A regrettable feature of South Asian politics is the emergence of criminals as representatives of the people. In the last Indian legislature, one third of the members were those with a criminal record, according to the Indian Association for Democratic Reforms. The criminal record of the parliament elected in March this year is not available yet. Other democracies in the region including Sri Lanka probably are no exceptions and we do not have a watchdog like in India to tell us who’s who.

Even though statistics are not available, the conduct of our honourable MPs at public places and even within their holiest of holies by the Diyawanna Lake gives us an indication of the quality of many of them.

With even parliamentary elections round the corner some have already thrown their hats into the ring and some of the announcements made are indeed ominous. Our electoral system is such that the candidates are selected by party leaders with or without consulting selection committees. Whether there are such selection committees in most parties is indeed a matter of grave doubt. Thus, it would be fair to hold party leaders for the criminal history or quality of candidates selected. This is indeed a flaw in our democratic process because party branches in electorates should have some say in the selection process. The voter should not be presented with a fait accompli on the ballot paper.

What does a voter do if the party he favours has nominated a known undesirable person to be his representative? Will he endorse this undesirable because of his loyalty to his party/ vote for another candidate of a rival party/ or spoil his ballot?

Given the state of politics in the country he has no option but to reject his party candidate and not vote for him and decide on the other two options. If the electorate by and large rejects the undesirable, it will make his party correct its ways.

It is true that a parliament can only reflect the state of society. Our society, however impoverished certain sections may be, are law abiding citizens with good moral standards. Those responsible for selection of candidates should aim to reflect such standards and not select dope dealers and the like who will be instrumental in selling drugs such as heroin to children. Political leaders will by inclination select candidates who are loyal to them. The second criterion will be the ability to win. This can be appreciated but the likely winners will be money bags and unless they are known to have earned their money honestly it can be well presumed that the largesse he is throwing about is ill-gotten gains.

Family politics seems to be a growing phenomenon in Lankan politics. There is nothing wrong if sons or daughters take after the illustrious footsteps of their fathers but what happens if a disreputable child attempts to follow a disreputable father whose record is even worse than him or hers? The obvious thing to do will be for voters to take action to prevent his nomination by making representations to the party leadership.

Sri Lankans have come a long way in the democratic process having been given the gift of universal franchise even before independence. Our parliament should comprise a set of representatives who should be a pride to the nation and not appear as a circus or a bunch of jokers. It will be the responsibility of party leaders to ensure the quality of members of their party.

In our open mouthed society everyone knows who the racketeers, dope smugglers, wheeler dealers and commission agents are. There should be no difficulty in identifying the black sheep attempting to creep into the new parliament.

It is time the constitution be amended so that each contesting party should adopt a process that would ensure criminal elements be kept out and basic education requirements are stipulated.

In Sri Lanka Law In Their Dangerous Hands.........No Impartial Judicial .......Mostly Suspect's Died Under Police Custody....! 

There had been a spate of incidents where suspects had been shot dead or killed accidentally, while fleeing from police custody or during a confrontation with the police. Recently, the suspect wanted in connection with the Kolonnawa- Sinhapura murders was shot dead while trying to escape police custody. Another suspect who was arrested in connection with the killing of an eight-year-old girl in Akmeemana had drowned while trying to flee from the police. There is a long list of similar incidents that had taken place in the recent past, and many had questioned how the suspects had managed to escape if they had been handcuffedwhile at the same time they were being guarded by the police,as well. However despite such incidents taking place regularly, the general public had noted that the police had not taken necessary precautions to prevent such incidents from recurring.


An absolute human right

Commenting on the issue, Human Rights lawyer, Dr. PrathibaMahanamahewa,told The Sunday Leader that, nobody has the right or the authority to punish a suspect; it is only a Court of law that can decide on the punishment that has to be meted out if a suspect is found guilty. Further, every suspect is deemed as being innocent until s/he is proved guilty in a Court of law. “Under Article 11 of the 1978 Constitution, all the citizens of Sri Lanka are granted freedom from torture and degrading punishment. It is an absolute human right of the suspect to be free of torture while in police custody,” he added. He pointed out that rigorous punishment, though ordered, is not carried out in prisons, worldwide.

Dr. Mahanamahewa went on to say that Sri Lanka had ratified the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in the 1980s and the country had also ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which was passed as law in 1994. According to him, if there is evidence of torture, the OIC of the police station concerned will be held liable, and can be charged in the High Court. He also said if police officers are found guilty of carrying out torture, they, as individuals, would be liable to pay compensation to those who had been subjected to torture. According to him, the laws are there to protect the rights of a suspect from cruel punishment, and be free of torture. He explained that anybody has the right to his or her life even if he or she is suspected of having committed murder.

“There have been many incidents of torture and incidents of death while in custody. It is necessary to prevent such incidents from happening rather than charging the police after the incidents had taken place,” Dr. Mahanamahewasaid.  In order to prevent such incidents, necessary precautions should be taken, and the police should be trained how to treat suspects at the time of arrest, and when they are in police custody. The OIC of the station should also continuously monitor police sergeants, he further said.

President, Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), UpulJayasuriya, told The Sunday Leader that, there is a pattern of incidents with regard to accidental deaths of suspects while in police custody. According to him, the police continue to make excuses that those incidents are accidental or unavoidable. “There are videos of some incidents that had been taken while the police had been firing at suspects. But no action had been taken against the police,” he said. According to him, members of the security forces have created a culture of impunity, and under the current context, the credibility of the police is in question. With reference to the incidents in the recent past, he said there is hardly any credence to what the police say. “Laws do not seem to apply to the police,” he noted.


Families have no say

Jayasuriyapointed out that families of the suspects who had been killed by the police hardly have a say as the government and the law enforcement authorities appear to be against them. “When the Attorney General and the Judiciary ignore their claims, what can innocent people do? There have been reports of incidents of murders inside prisons,” Jayasuriya said, and added that those at the top of governance appear to be tolerant when the police violate laws. “Statutory authorities are powerless in the country,” he opined.   

Meanwhile, Police Spokesperson, SSP AjithRohana,speaking to The Sunday Leader, said the Magistrate’sCourt hears all the incidents in relation to suspects who had been killed while in police custody or while fleeing police custody. The Court would decide on the nature of the crime – whether such incidents are justifiable homicides or not after assessing the evidence produced, including medical evidence provided by the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO). Citing examples, SSP Rohana said seven police officers who were charged over the death of the Kandekatiya suspect had been remanded after the Court had given its verdict, whereas the death of the main suspect of the Teldeniya-Ududumbara incident was deemed by the Court as a justifiable homicide.

Defending the police, SSP AjithRohana explained that many such incidents had taken place while the police had been trying to recover weapons the suspects had used to commit crimes or while police officers were trying to enforce the law and obtain evidence. According to him, several incidents had been declared as justifiable homicides by the Court of law. He added that, the police are not entitled to pay compensation to the families of the suspects who died while in custody, but the families are at the liberty to file a fundamental rights case against the police if they so desire.

Some of the recent incidents

-September 28, 2014: Hiran Darshana alias Kalu Chooty from Kolonnawa-Wellampitiya, a criminal wanted for many crimes including three cases of murder was shot dead after trying to escape from police custody.

-September 19, 2014: Gamini Kumara Samaraweera alias Kaluwa who was arrested in connection with the killing of an eight-year-old girl in Akmeemana died while trying to flee from police custody.

-September 5, 2014: Lalitha Kushalya a.k.a. Kudu Lalitha, a suspected drug dealer was shot dead near the Oruwala Hospital in Athurugiriya while attempting to flee from the police.

-May 18, 2014: Tharuka Nilan (32) who was arrested over the killing of a Police Constable attached to the Kurunegala Police died while in the custody of the CID.

-May 8, 2014: P.H. Sadun Mallinga (17) who was arrested over alleged treasure hunting died while in the custody of the Badulla Police.

-April 5, 2014: A 42-year-old person who was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol died while in the custody of the Anuradhapura Police.

-March 11, 2014: An alleged underworld figure called Paalan-kada Heen Malli who was arrested over the killing of a businessman in Ratnapura died while in police custody.

-July 5, 2013: Mohammed Azmir alias Mamazmi was shot dead while the suspect was being escorted by a group of STF personnel to uncover a weapons cache.

-November 22, 2013: The key suspect in the murder of a Police Constable and his wife in Kamburupitiya, was shot dead when he was taken to a hideout in search of weapons.

-November 26, 2013: Two more suspects arrested over the killings of the same Police Constable and his wife in Kamburupitiya, had drowned after reportedly jumping into the Denagama River, while trying to escape from the police custody.

-September 26, 2013: Yakkala Arachchige Ariyadasa alias Kapila of Walasmulla who was arrested over an alleged robbery, died while in police custody.


Commercial sex worker exposes nature of Sri Lanka Police

During the last two weeks, a video showing a policeman beating a young woman on a public road in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka, has generated heated discussion in the media. Reactions shown in the media and in social media such as facebook show public contempt for the behavior and conduct of the police.

What is near comic is the manner in which the police spokesman reacted to the video and the subsequent developments. When the video was first shown, the spokesman’s reaction was that as the video is unreliable no action could be taken on this matter. As media heat grew, the spokesman declared that the particular policeman seen in the video beating the young woman with a wire has been identified.

Sometime later, the same spokesman announced that this particular officer has been interdicted. Thereafter, the police spokesman’s repeated message was that a police team has been deployed in trying to identify and obtain a statement from the particular woman concerned, but that she appeared to be in hiding and therefore, it was not possible to obtain her statement.

While the police spokesman was repeating this story, the woman who was beaten began to reveal her ordeal in public. Besides holding a press conference, she also gave an exclusive interview to a local TV channel, and said that she was a resident of Kanadola in Ratnapura, and that the particular police sergeant had asked her to come with him to an inappropriate location on several occasions and when she had refused for the third time, he plotted revenge. She revealed that the police officer had assaulted her with a wire while uttering filthy and abusive language at her and he had also kicked her when she fell on the ground.

The police sergeant’s name has now been revealed as P.P. Thissera. The amateur video footage of the incident has been taken by a witness with a mobile phone, and it has been distributed widely through the social media making the incident a talking point among Sri Lankans everywhere.

What is more shocking is the manner in which several police officers including a Headquarters Inspector (HQI) treated the woman after the incident. Ganga, the young woman involved in the incident, has revealed how police officers kept her at a police station for several hours, attempting to get her to agree to be silent about the incident. At one instance, the policemen offered Rupees 3,000 to her.

All her attempts to have a complaint registered failed. Ganga then filed an application before the Supreme Court claiming the violation of her rights and demanding a Rupees 50 million in damages. A team of lawyers assisted her. And, after filing the fundamental rights application, she held another press briefing and explained her position. She openly told the press that due to extreme poverty she makes a living as a sex worker. Despite enormous publicity, with photographic evidence of brutal police assault, to date, the police sergeant in question has not been arrested or charged with a criminal offence.

Clearly the criminal offence falls under the CAT Act No. 22 of 1994. In terms of this Act, any public officer who commits an act of torture can be charged with an offence punishable with up to 7 years rigorous imprisonment and/or a Rupees 10,000 fine. The photographic evidence establishes that there is evidence to charge the police sergeant under this law. Besides photographic evidence, there is also evidence of the victim and the existence of several other eyewitnesses.

Sri Lanka Government Attack Students Peaceful Boycott Campaign At Sabaragamuwa  University.....10th October Night


The Students At Sabaragamuwa University Was Organized Boycott Campaign (Sathyagrahaya) At Pambahinna Junction Balangoda Sabaragamuva Province Sri Lanka over Nearly Two Months .earlier week ago Higher education minister Sudu Banda Dissanayaka  was Attend to the opening ceremony  of the Girls Hostel Building at Sabaragamuva University .at that time the students of the University was Block the road and Protest Against the Minister's Visit ......Al most nearly half an hour they bloke the road finally Police will call Riot control Unit with Water blaster tankers and Under police protection Minister entered to the University Premises and after the opening ceremony  in his Speach he reveled Government never Panic to treat heard way to the protesters but they little bit patient because the presidential election was coming on January 2015 and he threatening to the Students  publicly at that speach . after few days left this revel 10th night Sabaragamuwa university students who were engaged in a Satyagraha campaign have, on Friday night, been allegedly attacked by UPF thugs Battalion Named Nil Balakaya . The UPF was Foamed A young Group of Battalion island wide Its name Nil Balakaaya. This group of thugs operates directly by the locale politicians of UPF .

Convenor of the Sabaragamuwa University Students Union, Rasindu Jayasinghe said the students who were engaged in the boycott (Satyagraha) Campaign at the Pambahinna junction have been attacked at around 11 p.m. on Friday.At least 12 students of the Sabaragamuwa University were injured when an unidentified gang hurled petrol bombs at the hut where they were protesting last night. It was reported that the students who were protesting at Pabahinna junction on the Badulla-Colombo Road had been attacked by a group of masked men armed with clubs and swords.

About 12 students who were injured were admitted to the Pabahinna hospital and six of them were transferred to the Balangoda Base Hospital.

The Sabaragamuwa University was closed indefinitely last Sunday (05) after several female students had forced their way into the men’s hostel following an altercation over a hostel issue .....the media spokes man of Sri Lanka police was reveled to the media Suspects were Identified and investigations are conducting to take them coustody......earlier the same way Nilbalakaaya the Group of thugs United people's Front...the Political  Party Rajapakshe regime was attacked to the   some of the Supporters of the UNP and the Newly appointed opposition leader of the Uva Province Mr.Harin fernando and the One of the Media personal who worked at MBC networks News first team at hali-ela and earlier in the Uva provincial council Election period in Badulla District and the specially In Monaragala Districts also. Most of the members of the thugs battalion were addicted to drugs or Alcohol...mostly the leaders of this battalion was the members of under world and the drug mafia.