A tense situation developed in Jaffna today over the murder and alleged rape of a school girl, the police said.
The police said that tear-gas had to be used as a violent protest was staged outside the Jaffna Court over the murder.
Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that six policemen were injured during the incident and were admitted to hospital.
The police said that nine suspects had been arrested over the rape and murder of the girl.
The protestors were demanding the suspects be handed over to them.
“The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has ordered the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to carry out the investigations into this incident. The protestors are demanding grave punishment on the suspects but this will be decided when they are produced before the court,” the police spokesman said.
The body of the 17-year-old school girl was discovered in Pungudutivu last week after the police launched a manhunt following a complaint lodged by the victim’s parents.
The girl’s parents informed the Kayts Police station, situated in the north, that their daughter did not returned home from school. The police searched the residence of a youth in the area and found bloodstained clothing. (Colombo Gazette)