An investigation has begun under the supervision of the Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province regarding allegations of police torture of two suspects arrested in connection with the killing of five-year-old Seya Sadewmi in Kotadeniyawa.
Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara told The Nation on Friday (October 2) that the two suspects, a 17-year-old student and a 32-year-old father of one, were both admitted to the Gampaha Hospital after they were released by the Minuwangoda Magistrate on Thursday (October 1). “Both are receiving hospital treatment. Gampaha Police have taken steps to record their statements. The DIG Western Province will then appoint a team to investigate the incident under his supervision,” he explained.
Late on Friday evening, IGP N.K. Illangakoon ordered Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province, Pujith Jayasundara to conduct an investigation into allegations that Kotadeniyawa police had assaulted the two men.
The two individuals were the first to be arrested on September 18 in connection with the murder of the girl. However, they were released by the Minuwangoda Magistrate on Thursday after the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed court that DNA samples of the two did not match those taken from the scene of the crime.
Since their release, the two have gone public with claims of being repeatedly assaulted and tortured by officers of the Kotadeniyawa police in attempts to elicit ‘confessions’ from them.
A third suspect arrested in connection with the crime, who goes by the alias ‘Kondaya,’ is currently in remand custody pending the submission of his DNA test results to court. Police say he has confessed to the crime.
(The online version of this article has been updated to include that Western Province Senior DIG Pujith Jayasundara has been appointed by the IGP to lead the investigation into allegations of torture against Kotadeniyawa Police)