An Inspector of Police, suspected of connections with drug dealers, earlier remanded and subsequently released, on the recommendations of the Attorney General, was shot dead, along with his wife, last morning at Porabe, in Athurugiriya, by unknown gunmen.
Inspector Douglas Nimal and six other police officers were arrested in late December by a special police squad, on information they had helped underworld drug dealers. The complaint against them was made by a woman drug dealer identified as Zulfica who was also arrested. She had later told investigators that Inspector Nimal was in the habit of seeking intimacyual favours from her.
Inspector Nimal was driving towards Colombo when his killers overtook his van forcing him to stop and opened fire killing him and his wife.
Soon after he and other policemen were released late last month, on the recommendation of the Attorney General, for lack of evidence, the officers charged that they were falsely implicated by certain police officers who in were fact in collusion with drug dealers whereas the arrested policemen were hot on the heels of drug barrons
The released police officers gave newspaper interviews and alleged that they were ill treated at the police stations right through their detention and said they would file human right applications in the Supreme Court.
The deceased Inspector was to meet the President of the Police Inspectors Association Dale Gunaratne over the same matter. Inspector Gunaratne commenting on the killing of IP Douglas Nimal said `it was all a mystery` to him.
Athurugiriya police and a special CID team are investigating