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Sri Lankans shocked by youth´s tragic death

[Xinhua, Sunday, 1 November 2009 11:10 No Comment]

Sri Lankans were shocked to see a police constable assaulting a mentally ill youth and forcing him to die by drowning in the shallow sea in Colombo on Thursday.

A video footage released by local TV stations and websites showed that the youth was chased into the sea and beaten with wooden poles by the police cop and his supporters while he was trying to surrender.

The youth was prevented from coming to shore and later he got drowned as he tried to escape hitting.

Initial investigations showed that 26-year-old Balawarnam Sivakumar had played havoc near the Railway station at Bambalapitiya in the southern suburb area of the capital Colombo by stoning running trains and trying to stop moving vehicles. One train driver got injured by his stoning.

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