NPC awaits complaints to probe police inaction against mobs

By Rathindra Kuruwita

A number of allegations were levelled in public forums regarding the conduct of the police during the communal clashes in Kandy, but no complaint had been lodged with the National Police Commission, D. P. Lakshman, Director of Public Complaints told The Island.

Political parties, civil society organisations and rights activists have complained that police failed to act swiftly during the initial stages of communal violence.

"However, we haven’t received a single complaint against the police. According to the NPC’s constitution ‘members of the public or any person aggrieved by an act or omission committed by a police officer or the police force,’ needs to lodge a complaint with the commission for it to start an investigation."

Executive Director of the Centre for Human Rights (CHR), Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said that they would lodge a complaint with the Commission today (13). The organisation had been collecting information about instances of police passivity during the Kandy communal clashes, he said.

"Our policemen are among the smartest and most street savvy cops in the world. They can disperse any crowd or uncover any crime if they are given the freedom. We must also look at why they remained passive."

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