Four policemen from the Narahenpita police who have been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department for allegedly molesting a female and harassing her male companion are being probed for other misdeeds they may have committed during night patrols.
A senior Police officer involved in the investigations told the Sunday Times that police are probing whether the four policemen including a sergeant were involved in taking money from persons they checked, harassed passengers and were involved in many other crimes.
Persons who may have faced such harassment could complain to Police Headquarters.
The four policemen who were on a night patrol on Baseline Road had stopped a vehicle which was carrying a couple returning from a Christmas party.
A boy who was on holiday after he had returned home from a pilot training course overseas and the girl employed in an NGO had been told to produce their identity cards while the driver had been told to get off the vehicle and produce his driving licence.
The policemen had also opened the purse of the boy and taken away Rs. 1,500 leaving the foreign currency untouched.
Subsequently the policemen had ordered the boy too to get off the vehicle.
The police driver had then opened the rear door of the car and thereafter allegedly molested the girl, but she had opened the other door and jumped out of the vehicle, according to police who are probing the incident.
The sergeant who was in charge of the team had recorded the telephone numbers of the couple and sent them away.
On the following day the police driver had telephoned the boy and the girl and had reportedly said that they wanted to meet the girl again and suggested they wanted a ‘sexual favour,’ police said.
The couple had made a complaint to IGP N.K.Illangakoon who immediately ordered the CID to take over the investigations. The CID had arrested the suspect policemen soon after.
“Because of such actions by some policemen disrepute is brought to the entire police force. If there are such complaints against the police bring it to our attention immediately,” he said.