A suspect who was in police custody has been shot dead by the police today (26). The deceased has been identified as Lasantha of Hewalunuwila.
He is the main suspect in the murder Amila Prasanna Hettihewa alias of Sunshine Sudda who was killed on September 4th at Warakapitiya in Weligama, Matara. The suspect was arrested by the Kalutara Divisional Crime Investigation Unit in the Diyagama area.
He later went to show his hidden weapons and was shot dead by police as he tried to flee, police said. According to the police, he was wanted by the police for several other crimes. Two police officers were also injured in the incident and were admitted to hospital, police stated.
However, the police have no right to kill even a criminal. This year alone, several arrested suspects such as Makandure Madush, Kosgoda Tharaka and Katane Pintu were shot dead by police officers.