Five policemen arrested over death of suspect in custody

Five policemen were arrested today over the death of a suspect in the custody of the Peliyagoda police.

Among those arrested was a Sub Inspector (SI), the police media unit said.

According to reports the police arrested the 41-year-old suspect in Nawagamuwa for having in his possession an illegal weapon, and had detained him at the Peliyagoda Police station.

A father of two, the suspect, a resident of Biyagama, had died after being admitted to the Colombo National Hospital after falling ill while he was being escorted to locate a hidden weapon. The man was charged with illegal possession of a firearm.

A post-mortem examination determined that the suspect died from dehydration or internal bleeding. (Colombo Gazette)

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