Four Sergeants of the Sri Lanka Army and Air Force who were arrested in connection to the death of an inmate who died at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre last Tuesday night, have been remanded.
The four officers were remanded till the 14th of July by the Polonnaruwa Magistrate’s Court this evening.
Police said the four officers were employed as counsellors at the Rehabilitation Centre.
The suspects between the ages of 35 and 39 were arrested after counsellors of the Rehabilitation Centre were summoned to the Welikanda Police Station to record statements.
Based on statements of the suspects, Police found a thick electric wire and two bamboo poles allegedly used to assault and murder the inmate.
The deceased inmates’ body has been identified by his younger brother and friends while a post-mortem examination is due to be conducted today.
Meanwhile, 679 inmates of the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre who escaped during the unrest have been remanded once again after Police arrested the group while certain others surrendered.
Of the 998 inmates at the camp, 272 are currently in custody while the Police and the Army are conducting operations to arrest another 44 escapees.
The OIC of the Welikanda Police Station informed the public to contact them on 071 859 1235 if they possess information pertaining to the escapees.