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Three police officers interdicted over assault on autistic boy

Three Policemen have been interdicted over the assault of a 14- year old autistic boy in Dharga Town, Aluthgama, Police Spokesman Jaliya Senaratne said today.

Following a public outcry over the incident, a probe was launched by the Kalutara Police Division under the Kalutara Superintendent of Police.

The incident took place on the 25th of May, at around 4.45 pm close to a Police checkpoint located near the Ambagaha junction Petrol Station, Aluthgama.

CCTV footage on the incident shared on Twitter and Facebook, shows the boy being dragged across a road in Dharga Town, being subject to assault by a group of policemen and some bystanders, close to the Police checkpoint.

Following investigations, the Kalutara Police Division has interdicted a Sub Inspector, a Police Constable and a Police Sergeant.

The Police said that the Sub Inspector and Police Sergeant were initially based at the Kalutara Police College and were assigned to the checkpoint temporarily for curfew duty.