Policeman interdicted over Thebuwana incident reinstated

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A Policeman who was interdicted over his unruly behaviour in Thebuwana recently has been reinstated.

Yesterday President Maithripala Sirisena donated Rs. 1 million to the policeman.

Police Sergeant Sanath Gunawardena was temporarily suspended after he protested over the releasing of a lorry transporting sand by the Thebuwana Police Officer In Charge (OIC) on October 3.

The Police Sergeant had staged a protest in the Thebuwana junction with his weapon, demanding that he be treated fairly.

The Police Sergeant had threatened to commit suicide using his weapon and refused to negotiate a settlement with the Police.

The Police Special Task Force (STF) was then deployed to the area and a senior officer attempted to negotiate with the policeman and get him to return his weapon and give up his protest.

However the policemen refused to agree and eventually the STF and Police overpowered the policeman and brought the stand-off to an end.

Gun shots were fired during the attempt to arrest the policeman but no one was injured.

The Law and Order Ministry later said that the policeman was later interdicted over his behaviour. (Colombo Gazette)

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