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Millaniya child abuse case: school principal & 2 cops remanded

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The School Principal and two police officers, arrested in connection with the Millaniya child abuse incident, have been remanded till November 16, after being produced to the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court.

Meanwhile the school teacher and a police constable driver who were also accused over the incident have been granted bail by the court, according to Ada Derana reporter.

Earlier, the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) had launched an investigation into the incident which was reported recently, where a group of grade 5 students from a school in Millaniya were allegedly inhumanely beaten for supposedly stealing money from a school teacher.

Several Grade 5 students from the Millaniya Primary School in Horana were accused of stealing money from the bag of a school teacher and were punished by the school teacher and principal, and the teachers themselves handed over the students to the local police.

Parents alleged that students were taken away by police officers who intimidated them by threatening to subject them to electric shock treatment and assaulted them while inside the Police Jeep, and then dropped the students back at the school.

The Chairman of the National Child Protection Authority, Mr. Chanaka Udayakumara Amarasinghe had claimed that local Judicial Medical Officer has confirmed that the boys had been tortured.

“Based on the facts, the National Child Protection Authority has considered this a serious offence. Any wrong committed by a child below the age of 12, according to Sri Lankan law, cannot be considered a crime,” he said.

The principal and the teachers had earlier been summoned to the National Child Protection Authority to record their statements.

(adaderana.lk)

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Armed gang robs Police OIC’s house

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An armed gang came in motorcycles ransacked a residence of an Officer In-Charge (OIC) of the Kalutara North Police this afternoon.

Police said the armed gang which broke into the house of the OIC, inspector Nishan Kumara of the minor complaints unit of Kalutara North at Welipenna reportedly stole two mobile phones and gold jewelry and fled.

The IP was not at home at the time of the robbery, but his wife who was at home was attacked by the robbers.  She was injured in the attack.

It was reported that robbers were carrying T-56 firearm.

Several police teams are investigating the incident.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Schoolboy dies after drowning in swimming pool

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A 14-year-old schoolboy who was swimming in the swimming pool in a hotel at Boralassa, Wennappuwa had drowned.

Police said the victim, a grade 10 schoolboy from Galagedara and was studying in a school in Sandalankawa.

It has been revealed that the schoolboy was swimming in the pool with fellow students while on an excursion with a group of 80 schoolchildren from a tution class in Makandura.

The Wennappuwa Police are conducting further investigations.

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Applying for passports online from next year

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The Immigration and Emigration Department has planned to accept applications to issue passports online starting in January next year, the department’s IT controller Champika Ramawickrama said.

Through the program, an applicant will be able to submit his/her application to the department from the comfort of his home.

He went on to say that the applicant only needs to come to the department to attend to biometric formalities, such as finger prints.

For that, the department has decided to establish 50 front offices counters in each district to obtain fingerprints, Ramawickrama said.

He stated that 50 Divisional Secretariat Offices were chosen from each district for this purpose.

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