Army launches probe after Lt. Col. assaulting civilian at fuel shed goes viral

An internal investigation had been initiated by the Sri Lanka Army in connection with the incident at a petrol shed at Yaggahapitiya in Kurunegala where an Army officer attacked a civilian went viral on social media.

A video showing an Army officer kicking a man at a petrol shed was shared on social media and it was reported that the officer who attacked the civilian is a Lt. Colonel of the Sri Lanka Army.

Army Spokesman Brigadier Nilantha Premaratne said Army had begun an internal investigation into the incident.

However, he said according to the fuel shed owner and the officials, a group of men who were at the filling station had interrupted its operations. They were also reported to have verbally abused and interrupted the duties of the army and policemen who were on duty.

Officials suspect that the group might have wilfully created an unrest at the fuel station inviting a clash.

Meanwhile, the spokesman said two civilians had been arrested over the incident.