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Operations at National Hospital for Respiratory Diseases in crisis due to suspects accused of assaulting SDIG Tennakoon

A request was made before the Colombo Fort Magistrate Court yesterday to release the two suspects remanded in connection with the assault on Senior Deputy Inspector General of the Western Province Deshabandu Tennakoon.

The motion was presented to the Court via the lawyer appearing for the suspects, who are reportedly technicians working at the Colombo National Hospital for Respiratory Diseases. The lawyers told the Court that the arrest of these two technicians has put the day-to-day operations at the Respiratory Clinic in a complete crisis.

Further imprisonment of these two suspects has completely stopped the collection of samples related to respiratory diseases from all hospitals around Colombo to the Welisara Clinic and the laboratory services have been stalled with their absence, the lawyer told the Court.

A letter requesting the two’s presence for the services signed by Dr. Gauri De Silva of the Respiratory Clinic has also been presented to the Court.

The lawyer appearing for the suspects further told the Court that his clients have no connection whatsoever to the assault on the SDIG, requesting that the two be released on bail considering the service expected by the Health Sector.

The officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) appearing before the Court for evidence stated that the suspects have been remanded till September 15 for an ID parade.

Considering the facts, the Magistrate ordered that the bail application be considered on the 15th.

MIAP

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