The Inter University Student’s Federation (IUSF) accused the government of trying to hold university student Basnayake responsible for the death of Susantha Bandara although there is evidence against the Matara police for the assault.
Accusing the government of whitewashing the Matara police, Convener IUSF Udul Premaratne asked why the police have so far failed to issue a warrant on Basnayake if he was responsible for Bandara’s death.
“Although Basnayake has been named as the offender in Bandara’s death neither the police nor the legal authorities have issued any warrant to take him into custody but have only sent a police officer to his residence and has given a telephone number to be given to Basnayake to contact the police. Is this the way how the police take criminals into custody? Why couldn’t the police arrest Basnayake instead of getting into such low level investigations if they have evidence against Basnayake,” Premaratne told The Sunday Leader online.
Premaratne further said that their agitation to bring the Matara police officers into book would continue and added that the university students are ready to face any suppression that come their way in their future protests to bring the culprits into book.
“We have already given the names of the police officers who assaulted Susantha and the vehicle numbers in which they came to the IGP but so far he has not taken any action even to question those police officers but making a false effort to arrest Basnayake,” Premaratne added.
According to Premaratne the Matara police on Tuesday August 3rd too tried to disperse the IUSF agitation and protest march which was held in the Matara town where more than 3000 university students participated.