Hong Kong, February 6, 2011
Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) last week reported the case of a police constable complaining of being assaulted by a senior officer, causing perforation of his ear drum. Despite the complaint, the senior officer had been granted a promotion to a higher position.
While constable Jayaratne was performing his morning religious observances, the inebriated senior officer came in a jeep accompanied by a few others. Irritated by the delay in receiving on arrival, officer assaulted Jayaratne.
Poor constable was initially admitted to Medawachchiya hospital. He was later transferred to Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital since his injuries were serious. An ear-nose-throat consultant detected the ear drum perforation on examination, the report said.
The court case filed by the police against the senior officer was pending. The police, however, showed no interest in proceeding with the case. The witnesses were discouraged from attending court.
Meanwhile, the officer concerned had been offered a promotion while the disciplinary inquiry against him was still pending, the report said.
Knowing the ways of Sri Lanka Police, I am not surprised. I have handled quite a few of similar cases in my professional career.