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Share Weliweriya findings

2013 Aug 07

by PREMALAL WIJERaTHNA and Ishara Ratnakara


The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), which has launched a probe into the incident that took place in Weliweriya, has asked the Army to share with the Commission, the findings of the inquiry ordered by the Army Commander into the incident. HRCSL yesterday also summoned representatives of the Army, Police and 24 other public institutions and civil society groups to a meeting at the Commission.



The protest by area residents over ground water contamination in Rathupaswela, Weliweriya, turned violent on Thursday (1) following the deployment of Army personnel to disperse the crowds blocking the Colombo-Kandy road.



Three persons were killed and dozens injured in the incident. The HRCSL on Friday launched an inquiry into the clash in Weliweriya, and has appointed a five-member panel to probe the incident.



The HRCSL has also instructed the Gampaha District Secretary to share the report of a separate inquiry he had initiated into the incident.



Meanwhile, the Maligakanda Additional Magistrate, Lloyd Gray, yesterday ordered the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) to conduct a post-mortem on the third victim of the shooting, N.A. Nilantha, who died at the Intensive Care Unit of the Colombo National Hospital, on Sunday (4). The Magistrate who visited the morgue of the Colombo National Hospital to conduct the preliminary magisterial inquiry, observed that the deceased bore wounds in the head and that no other wounds were visible on the body. He ordered the body be handed over to the spouse of the deceased after the post-mortem.



The victim, a father of one, was shot during the Army crackdown on the protesters, and died after being in a coma for three days. He had been on his way to report to duty in a factory at the Katunayake Free Trade Zone, when the shooting took place.

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