The Centre for Human Rights and Research (CHR) condemned the recent attack on the house of attorney-at-law Wijitha P. Punchihewa, who is representing the aggrieved party in the case pertaining to the killing of Sumith Prasanna Jayawardena in Embilipitiya recently.

Executive Director of the CHR, Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said that the damage done to a name-board at Punchihewa’s house represented a direct attack to Punchihewa, who also is the Secretary of the Embilipitiya Bar Association, and to the processes of the judiciary and the administration of justice.

The Police must be reformed in a manner befitting a democratic society, he added.

“Concerning the Embilipitiya incident, although 21 Police Officers have been ordered to be arrested, only the former Assistant Superintendent of Police of the Embilipitiya Division, D.W. Dharmaratne has been arrested. What about the others? Why are the Police not heeding the Court order? Incidents of the Police abusing and misusing the powers afforded to them are on the rise. Harassment at the hands of the Police is also on the rise. Courts have ordered victims of such to be paid compensation. The law must be enforced in a manner protective of human rights,” he mentioned.