Security beefed up in Pottuville

By Yohan Perera andSenaka De Silva

Security was tightened in Pottuvil after the sudden death of a Muslim youth who was being held in the Monaragala remand prison, police said.

The victim 24-year-old A. Saleem and Buy minocycline tablets 18 others were arrested by the Pottuvil police two weeks ago while cutting firewood in a forest at Etimale in Potuvil.The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress which expressed concern over the killing alleged that the victim had been beaten to death by the police. SLMC General Secretary Hassan Ali told the Daily Mirror that the police had allegedly forced him to admit that he was involved with the LTTE.

Mr. Ali said the victim had only gone to the forest to cut firewood for his livelihood when he was arrested by the police. A?a??A?Forcing one to agree to their point to justify their conduct has been a usual practice with the police,A?a??A? he said.

He said the victim had been killed during an interrogation carried out by the police while he was in prison

The SLMC General Secretary said the party had advised mosque authorities in the area to provide information on the killing to them after which the matter would be taken up with the government.

Pottuvil police Inspector Sena Suraweera said 19 people including Saleem were arrested for cutting firewood illegally. They had been remanded by the courts later. Mr. Suraweera said he Buy etodolac 500 had fainted while in prison and was admitted to the Monaragala Hospital where he had died.

Police said the suspects were arrested on suspicion that they were supplying food to the LTTE cadres who were hiding in the forest.

Meanwhile Police Spokesman Ranjith Gunasekera said he had not received any report about such an incident.

Judicial Medical Officer Dr. Chandana Kumara who carried out the post mortem decided to send parts of the body to the Government Analyst.


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