Police look on
as stone thrower clubbed to death
by Shiran Ranasinghe and Akitha Perera
A group of persons yesterday afternoon attacked an unidentified man on the Bambalapitiya beach killing him on the spot.
Police said that the attackers had prevented the man from coming out of water and attacked him with clubs. A senior police official told The Island last night that he had been targeted after he threw stones at a passing train and some vehicles.
Sources said that he had also thrown stones at a military vehicle. Sources said that the police had not intervened to save the man though they were present at the scene. The man had struggled for about one hour in the water and pleaded with those who surrounded him to allow him to come ashore, sources said.
Police spokesman Senior DIG Nimal Mediweka told The Island that the CDB had been directed to investigate. He said that investigators could obtain video evidence as a TNL cameraman had recorded the incident.