Jun 04, 2020

Probe over police assault on autistic boy

An inquiry has commenced into the incident where a group of policemen had assaulted a 14 year-old autistic boy in Dharga Town, Aluthgama.

Speaking to media, DIG of the Kalutara District Vijitha Gunaratne has said that action will be taken against any officers found guilty, following the conclusion of the inquiry.

Footage of the incident, which had taken place on May 25, had been added to social media by former MP of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) - Ali Zahir Moulana.

Moulana has added that the injured boy was also racially profiled by the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) of the Nagoda Hospital.

The boy, who has been diagnosed with autism since the age of 04, had ventured into town, violating curfew that was in effect.

CCTV footage shared by Moulana shows several policemen questioning the boy and later dragging him across the road to a checkpoint and repeatedly assaulting him, with some bystanders joining in.

Moulana further said the boy had suffered a cut on his head, back and arms, along with several bruises all over his body after being assaulted by 08 grown men.

Upon learning of the incident, the father of the boy had arrived at the checkpoint, and after much pleading that the boy was autistic, the father was permitted to take home his child.