IGP Pujith Jayasundara arrested for threatening lift operator

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara has been arrested for threatening a lift operator.

He was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for threatening the lift operator at the Police Headquarters in 2017.

The IGP was later released on bail.

Jayasundara is currently on compulsory leave over the Easter Sunday attacks.

Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake had in June ordered the CID to conduct an investigation over the incident where it has been alleged that IGP Pujith Jayasundera had arrived at the CID without prior notice and abused the police officers who were at the reception counter and had used criminal force on the lift operator.

The complainant Abeykoon Mudiyanselage Samarakoon Banda a resident of Neligama Ragama, had stated to the CID that on 1 April 11, 2017 when he was functioning as the lift operator at the CID, IGP Pujith Jayasundera had threatened him to stop the lift that was transporting garbage and goods, while holding him by his shirt collar and abusing him in most foul language.

The CID had then commenced an investigation in accordance with clauses 344, 346, and 483 of the Sri Lanka Penal Code relating to the use of criminal force on a State employee, and assault and submitted to courts the findings of the three units of the special investigation committee.

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