One month gone by since IGP assaulted a public servant: Authorities remain silent: Here’s what the victim says!
Abeykoon Mudiyanselage Samarakoon Banda
At the CID
In February 2016
Senior DIG Ravi Seneviratne
I was appointed from the consolidated state service as a public servant. I am under the director of the consolidated service.
On 08 December 1986
To the Auditor General’s Department
In October this year
If I remember correct, it was on the 11th of last month.
I work in the lift. There are two to operate the lift. We work on shifts. One lift is for the ‘sirs’. Others don’t use it. The other can be used by anyone. It is used to take goods too. At 8.30 in the morning, the national anthem is sung. It is followed by the police song. Now, there is a meditation too. Until all these are over, the lift should be parked below. A few constables came. I said the lift is parked and cannot go now. They said everything is over. Then, I got out and let them go. I went to our room, drank some water with the hope of returning for duty. But, the IGP came crying out at the top of his voice. The receptionist too, was reprimanded. She is a policewoman. The filth she was abused with cannot be spoken of. No one abuses a woman like that. He walked all over the place, abusing everyone. Everyone was frightened as to what will happen next. Our sir was not present.
Our admin OIC madam came. But, she too, was frightened and took cover behind the telephone box. I saw madam. She signaled me to keep silent. Then, our Amaradeva sir came with the phone at his ear. He too, heard the fuss and avoided it. It was about five minutes to nine. I went to take care of the lift. Then, the IGP asked as to who was working there. I could not say it operates automatically, he ordered me to lower it. Then, I lowered it. I am inside the lift. The IGP grabbed me from my shirt. He got hold of the identity belt, shirt collar and the vest. Even the buttons came off. He grabbed me from one hand and raised the other to strike me. I could not think anything. He raised his hand and said “I will kill you. I will not leave you alone.” It went on like that. Then, he abused that ‘miss’ again. He abused us and went upstairs. I heard that he played hell there too. On the way down, he abused me again, “Be prepared to go home. I know what to do with you.” He abused the other lift operator too, and left. He abused everyone for not doing the meditation.
I could not think. I was down mentally. I have been in the public service this long. But, nothing like this happened before. The IGP abused and tried to strike me for no reason. I retire coming October. But, with this incident, I cannot retire with peace of mind. Even today, I do my job, but with my mentality down. I am frightened too.
He came. The incident happened before he came.
By the time he arrived, he had already heard about it. He asked me what happened. I complained to him.
He asked me what I was going to do.
I didn’t say anything. I just told him what had happened.
No. I told him what had happened. It is up to them to inquire.
After the media carried it, it became known everywhere. Everyone kept asking me. This is the CID and I cannot say who they are. This became a nuisance and our sirs spoke to me and transferred me to the library.
I do not belong to any trade union. I mind my own affairs. So far, I did not face any problems. I worked well at every place I worked. Even at the CID office, there were no problems. The IGP abused me for no reason.
Now, meditation has to be done every day. Not just the policemen, but we too, should do it. I heard that he abused me while inspecting if meditation was done properly.
several media institutions have applied, under the right to information act, for the CCTV footage of the incident. Fourteen days have gone by, but the responsible authorities have taken no action. The head of the CID keeps silent.