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Govt. expresses its condolence over boy's death

2013 Aug 03

By Dasun Edirisinghe

The government yesterday expressed its condolences to the family of the teenager killed when troops opened fire on a crowd blocking the Kandy-Colombo main road on Thursday .

Addressing the media, at the SLFP head office, Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had condoled with the family of the victims.

The Minister said the innocent schoolboy had become a victim of a protest organised by some anti-government elements.

Alahapperuma said that the government had taken several measures to solve the water problem in Weliweriya. "A week ago, President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered the Water Supply Ministry to provide pipe-borne water to the residents of Weliweriya as ground water there was contaminated," the Minister said.

Alahapperuma said that the Water Supply and Drainage Board had already started laying pipelines from Kadawatha to provide water to the area.

Experts from the Water Supply Board had also collected water samples and they had asked for two weeks to submit reports, Minister Alahapperum said, adding that the government had ordered the factory suspected of polluting the ground water to be closed until the reports were released.

"But, some elements wanted to take the law into their own hands and create mayhem to tarnish the government’s image," Alahapperuma claimed.

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