Suspect dies in custody, five cops arrested

Suspect dies in custody, five cops arrested

February 26, 2017   04:40 pm

Five cops including a Sub Inspector have been arrested after a suspect died while in custody at the Peliyagoda Police station.

According to police, four police Constables are also among the arrested cops.

The Police Media Unit on Sunday announced that the 41-year-old man had succumbed after admitting to the Colombo National hospital.

The police say the suspect was hospitalized following an illness he suffered while police was escorting him to find a hidden weapon. The man was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and he was arrested in Nawagamuwa last evening (25).

The Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) in his verdict pronounced that the suspect’s death was due to either dehydration or internal bleeding, it was reported. The post-mortem examination was held on Sunday afternoon.

The arrested cops were remanded until 6 March after being produced before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court.

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