Release of Sinhala doctor suspect on bail causes shock in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 16 July 2010, 15:31 GMT]
Jaffna High Court magistrate Friday released the Sinhala doctor suspected of involvement in the killing of Saravanai Tharsika, a female Family Consultant Nurse, found dead hung by a rope in Veala’nai government hospital, sources in Jaffna said. The petition seeking the suspect’s release on bail submitted to Oorkaavattu’rai Court by police Thursday had been rejected by the acting magistrate. Veala’nai residents, relatives of the victim and fellow health department employees expressed shock on hearing the news about the release of the suspect doctor, the sources added.

The petition seeking the release of the Sinhla doctor suspect being rejected by Oorkaavattu’rai court, the police filed another petition requesting the release of the suspect Friday in Jaffna High Court.

The magistrate released the Sinhala doctor suspect on 100,000 rupees cash and surety bail and ordered that he should present himself for the trial on 19 July in Oorkaavattu’rai magistrate court.

Tuesday, hundreds of family consultant nurses, public health officers, midwives and other health service employees picketed Jaffna Public Health Service (PHS) office from Tuesday early morning and agitated demanding immediate investigation into the killing of Tharsika, a family consultant nurse, found hung inside Veala’nai government hospital Saturday morning.

The agitators further demanded the immediate arrest of the Sinhala doctor alleged of killing Tharsika.

Police was forced to arrest the Sinhala doctor who was transferred on the instruction of the Sri Lanka Army officials. The doctor, who was kept in the safety in Regional Health Service Director’s office in Jaffna, was produced in Oorkaavattu’rai courts Tuesday.

 

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