17-year-old detainee hangs himself to death | Daily News

17-year-old detainee hangs himself to death


A 17-year-old detainee is said to have committed suicide at the Pettah Police Station today, by hanging himself inside the cell.

According to the Police Media Spokesman’s office the teenager was arrested for possession of cannabis on Wednesday at Bastian Mawatha in Pettah. 

When contacted by the Daily News, Police Media Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said it could not be confirmed if the teenager had committed suicide, adding that an investigation is under way to determine the cause of the death.

The suspect is a resident of Haputale. He had used the banyan he was wearing, to hang himself inside the cell, the Police said.  

The body of the victim was taken to the Colombo National Hospital for postmortem examinations. 

Focusing his attention to the incident, the IGP has appointed a DIG to conduct investigations regarding this incident.  

According to the Police Media unit, the IG has ordered that strict disciplinary action should be taken against the Police officers who were on duty at the time the incident occurred. 


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Sad story of a youth killed by the absent predator who got him into cannabis and made him dependent ..He may have a hit a low without the drugs or was in a state of anxiety due to his drug dependency ..Please take more care when we take in Drug addicts as consumers holding on to a small amout of the stocks stored elsewhere ..Other countries have community organizations of religious groups to be alert and care for youth of this nature even visiting them whilst they are in custody ....we speak only of education in terms of paer qualifications ..but what are we doing to bring the reality of this to our classrooms .


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