The Sri Lanka Police have initiated a thorough investigation into the death of a 22-year-old suspect who passed away while in police custody on Tuesday, January 30th. The deceased, a known drug user, was apprehended by the Anuradhapura Range Criminal Investigation Division, and the case is being led by an Assistant Superintendent of Police.
According to a senior police official, the suspect fell critically ill while detained in a police cell and was subsequently transferred to the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, where he later succumbed to his condition. The cause of death remains uncertain, and authorities are awaiting the results of the post-mortem examination for crucial details.
The police official assured that any potential involvement of the police in the incident would be thoroughly investigated, emphasizing a commitment to transparency and accountability.
The tragic incident unfolded shortly after the suspect’s arrest, along with three others, at a residence in Anuradhapura. During the operation, police discovered approximately 80 milligrams of heroin at the location, raising further questions about the circumstances surrounding the arrests.
The news of the suspect’s death has prompted concerns and calls for a swift and impartial investigation from various quarters. Human rights advocates and community leaders are urging authorities to ensure a transparent inquiry to establish the facts and uphold the rule of law.
As the investigation unfolds, the Sri Lanka Police are expected to provide updates on the case, shedding light on the events leading to the suspect’s death and addressing concerns regarding the handling of detainees in police custody.