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Millaniya child torture case: school principal and two policemen remanded till November 16

by Administrator

Court decision

A school Principal and two policemen arrested for allegedly torturing several Grade 5 students at Millaniya Primary School in Horana were today (November 08) ordered to be remanded till November 16 after being produced before 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 sources.

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 of Millaniya Primary School in Horana 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.