Two lawyers demand compensation of one crore from police after getting attacked at peaceful demonstration

Lawyers Janaka Adhikari and Lakdinu Dheerasekera have filed a fundamental rights petition in the Supreme Court stating that while participating in a peaceful protest organized by the Socialist Youth Association on September 24, they were attacked unnecessarily and arrested by the police and that their fundamental rights were violated as a result.

An amount of one crore rupees has been requested as compensation related to the arrest and assault.

This fundamental rights petition was filed on October 20.

Ten people including the Inspector General of Police, the Attorney General, the Deputy Inspector General in charge of Western Province, OICs of Fort, Maradana, Wellaweediya and Cinnamon Gardens police stations have been named as respondents in this petition filed by Mr. Janaka Adhikari and Mr. Lakdinu Dheerasekara.

During the above-mentioned protest held on September 24, 83 protesters including Eranga Gunasekara, the national organizer of the Socialist Youth Association, were arrested.

On September 25, the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court ordered the release of Eranga Gunasekara, Koswatte Mahanama Thero and Mandira on bail, while the others were released on police bail.