The Asian Human Rights commission (AHRC) in its s urgent appeal programme cites the case of an innocent man was illegally arrested, tortured and forced to sign fraudulent documents after being accused of participating in a demonstration. In a release the AHRC refers to a situation where  on August 2012 around 3,000 people took part in a demonstration in front of the Thambuththegama Police Station. The demonstrators were carrying the dead body of a lady and blamed the police for bailing out a drunken driver of the vehicle that was responsible for the death of the lady. Later there was an exchange of stones between the police and the demonstrators. After that the police arrested ten persons including Mr. Randunu Pathiranalage Susil Priyankara Seneviratne accusing them of taking part in the demonstration. Priyankara was brutally assaulted and later the police officers filed a fabricated case against him, accusing him of damaging state property, according to the release. Priyankara complained to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), National Police Commission (NPC), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) North Central Province, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Officer-in-Charge of the Police Station Thambuththegama, Director Special Investigating Unit (SIU) of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Sri Lanka Police and the Attorney General (AG) regarding the violations of his rights. None of these authorities have started any investigation into his complaint, according to AHRC The AHRC urges a letter be sent  to the authorities expressing your concern about this case and requesting an immediate investigation into the allegations of illegal arrest, illegal detention, torturing by the police perpetrators, and the prosecution of those proven to be responsible under the criminal law of the country for misusing powers of a state. The officers involved must also be subjected to internal investigations for the breach of the department orders as issued by the police department, AHRC says. The Asian Human Rights Commission has reported innumerable cases of torturing innocent by the Sri Lankan police which are illegal under international and local law which have taken place at different Police Station in the country over the past few years. For further information: http://www.urgentappeals.net/support.php?ua=AHRC-UAC-158-2012]]>

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