‘Coconut robbery’ complaint withdrawn

13-year-old girl claimed she picked coconuts to raise funds for her school

The complainants in the ‘coconut robbery’ case against a 13-year-old student, withdrew the complaint against the girl by way of a motion submitted to the Horana Magistrate Court, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The police informed court that they are withdrawing the case against the girl. The magistrate had ordered the police to inform the girl regarding the withdrawal.

Several days ago, making a complaint with Horana police, the principal of Horana Sri Medhankara Maha Vidyalaya had complained that the statement made by the school girl alleging that she picked coconuts to raise funds to paint the school’s buildings, was due to the influence of an area politician.

School Principal K. Senaratne had told police that the concerned politician had done so in order to defame him and the school.

The principal further complained to the police that two person riding a motorcycle had threatened him with death near Horana town.

Principal K. Senaratne told police that he was threatened with death near the school by two motorcyclists. The principal alleged that two persons abused him and asked him to resign from the school immediately.

Meanwhile, an inquiry held into the incident by the Educational Department of Western Province had found that the statement made by the 13-year-old school girl that she picked eight coconuts to find Rs800 demanded from her by the school authority, was false.

An inquiry report in connection with the incident by a four-member committee had revealed that the principal had not given instructions to the school girl to find Rs800.

The inquiry report urged the school authorities to create a better environment for the school girl so that she can study without any hindrance.  
 

 

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