The subject of this entry is a Daily Mirror Online entry from yesterday, the 17th of May:
“The main suspect in connection with the abduction and murder of a Police Constable in Kurunegala two weeks ago, was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) from Teldeniya today, Police said“.
Following are some comments left by readers to the above post:
dragonborn: “any hidden weapons?”
sam: “tonight he will go to show the hidden weapons… haa..hahaha”
Say Something: “I hope the suspect will not try to escape, get shot and [get] killed”
Z FERNANDO: “Where are the hidden guns?”
Nandana: “As everyone guessed here, He is dead after a police shooting”.
Kossa: “Take them out to show hidden weapons as soon as possible. Do not waste time”.
The Daily Mirror Online of 18th May — a day later — has the following update:
“The main suspect arrested in connection with the abduction and murder of a Police Constable in Kurunegala was killed during a confrontation with Police at Ududumbara this morning, Police said“.
What more needs to be told about the law enforcement authorities and the law enforcement machinary of Sri Lanka? How audacious and crass are they in executing Police-made violence against the “suspects” of their own definition whom they arrest? More so, how predictable and scoffed at their lies and escape-myths of “suspects” have become in the eyes of the common public?
In a parallal universe, the President of the country is shown riding a motorcade in celebration of what he self-styles as the “defeat of terrorism” in Lankan soil. But, in reality, what happened on May 18th, 2009 — one may argue — is a legitimizing of terrorism: a demolision that gave one bloc the right to terrorize. What we experience today in the killing of the above sort — killing of “suspects” who may even be planted there — are the fruits of a lop sided system, patronized by “above the law” proxies and agents: ones who appropriate the constitutional provisions of the republic to their ends, while encouraging and condoning corruption and violence by their subordinates, who are strategically placed as a buffer between the society and their VIP spaces.
The tragedy is that we have lost not only the count of, but also the spirit to question against these summary executions carried out by the law enforcing machine: there have been way too many and they have never been quoted or brought to book. Clearly, in a highly politicized and corrupt law enforcement system — a system where the “accused” never sees the light of a proper dock — to be caught as a “suspect” of a sort is to produce one’s own death warrent. For the common man, the Sri Lankan Police has proved this repeatedly, and still run high giddy in the confidence of their butchery and unpardonable scant regard for asses that don’t fart on their face; which includes “suspects” they pick up and randomly execute with no respect for protocol, or the due process of the law.
The swift “arrest” and swifter “execution” — the whole drama doesn’t even take 24 hours — is an alarm call, and opens bare the rotting carcass of “law and order” of our society. The classical question that is asked at times like these is as to how one may restore “order” when the order-enforcing agent takes “order” to task? From these abductions, executions, to selective law enforcement in cases of civil disobediance (by religious fanatics); to the assault of university students and their abusage, to infantile media briefings where the cops claim to know nothing, or hear nothing and tend to cover it all up, we see the delicate string by which the sanity of the non-VIP majority are balanced in our times. If one can write a bad script, act it badly and cover it up by another equally badly written script (and claim a Local Oscar for it, too), and if the audience is still awaiting an epipheny, there is something deeply humiliating about it: the humiliation of the willing subject, as inflicted on her/himself.