Dolullu Kankanamge Silawathi is a 60 years old mother of seven children. She resides at No 123, Rockland Rd, Magalkanda, Maggona. Suduva Devage Premaratna is her husband.
On 30.07.2012 at about 6 to 6.30 five policemen including the OIC of Beruwala police called Duminda Rajapaksha came to her house. The police tried to take her husband to the police station. Silawathi held her husband’s hand and questioned the police what was the reason for taking her husband to the police. At the time a policeman called Manoj hit her hand using a pole which is 2 and 2 ½ feet in length. The blow was directed at the lower part of the hand. At the very moment her hand was beginning to swollen.
Her son who came in a trishaw prepared to take his mother to Nagoda hospital. But the police did not allow it. Then her husband Premaratna took a telephone call to the human rights commission. After that she was taken to Nagoda hospital. On 31.07.2012 she was discharged by the hospital. According to the x ray reports of her hand it was not broken but there is contusion in the hand.
At the hospital she stated to the doctors, the judicial medical officer and the hospital police post about the police assault. The day which the incident took place her husband was released on bail. On 02.08.2012 Silawathi made written complaints to the relevant authorities including the human rights commission and the inspector general of police to take legal and disciplinary actions against the policemen attached to Beruwala police including the OIC Duminda Rajapaksha and Manoj whom assaulted her and illegally arrested her husband and put fabrication of charge against her husband.
Harshi C. Perera