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* Teachers' Union in Sri Lanka demands probe into the death of witness in the case against politician
Mon, Aug 4, 2014, 08:36 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 04, Colombo: An education sector union in Sri Lanka has urged the police to investigate the mysterious death of an eyewitness of a famous case against a former ruling party Western Provincial Councilor.

Ceylon Teachers' Union (CTU) has called for a probe into the death of R.A.H.M. Punyasena Bandara, 55, whose body was found in a deep well after disappearing for few days.

Bandara was the fourth witness of the case against former ruling party Western Provincial Councilor Ananda Sarath Kumara who was convicted for making a female teacher of Nawagaththegama Navodya Vidyalaya in Puttalam to kneel down in the school for taking disciplinary action against his daughter.

Secretary of CTU Joseph Stalin Fernando wrote a letter to the Inspector General of Police asking him to probe the suspicious sudden death of the eyewitness who lived alone in a house situated close to the school where the politician forced the teacher to kneel down.

Joseph Stalin further pointed out that Punyasena's evidence was crucial in the case in the context that even the Vice Principal did not testify against the politician before the court.

The Judicial Medical Officer of Puttalam Hospital has taken time to deliver a verdict regarding the death of the witness whose body was found in a deep well near the school.

Civil society and rights activists in Sri Lanka often highlight the need for a witness protection bill.

Meanwhile, police has deployed five police teams to probe the incident said, Deputy Inspector General of Northwestern Province Jagath Abeysiri Gunawardena.

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