Roshen’s family still waiting for justice

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Family members of 21-year-old Free Trade Zone employee Roshen Chanaka who was killed  when police fired at a protest rally in 2011 yesterday expressed concern over the  failure on the part of the Government to publish the findings of the Mahanama  Tillakeratne Commission on the tragedy.

The FTZ employees were protesting over the setting up of the private sector pension  bill, which they claimed would have been disadvantageous to the workers.

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP Sunil Handunnetti took this matter up during question  time in Parliament last Friday. Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardane who replied on  behalf of the Government confirmed that the one-man commission had submitted its report  to President Mahinda Rajapaksa but declined to disclose the findings in Parliament.   

“Normally such reports are meant to be scrutinised only by the President. It cannot be  published,” he said.

However, MP Handunnetti said the Government had given the then Police Chief Mahinda  Balasuriya a diplomatic posting even though he was held responsible for the  circumstances that led to the incident.

“The government sent him to Brazil as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador,” he said.

Meanwhile, Roshen’s brother R.P.A.B.T. Madusan said he was deeply concerned over the  delay in meting out justice to his brother.

“We had a meeting with the government on June 10, 2011.  We were assured that justice  would be done. It more than an year but nothing has been done yet,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • jj Monday, 11 March 2013 01:55 AM

    What is the use of the parliament if everything is for the Presidents eyes, ears and action only??
    I cannot understand why this useless parliamentary sessions are held as no truth comes out from the govt side; this is clear from Dinesh Gunawardena's reply. People have lost confidence in the parliament as with the judiciary.

    ANTON Monday, 11 March 2013 04:33 AM

    Because he is was not my family member

    Champika says Monday, 11 March 2013 02:08 AM

    Please stop digging out old cases.

    Anil Monday, 11 March 2013 05:53 AM

    Good lesson for the youths blindly following JVP and wasting their lives for nothing.

    Burul Monday, 11 March 2013 07:38 AM

    That innocent youth lost his life following idiotic orders from the JVP. The JVP has to take responsibility for that !

    Ranjit Monday, 11 March 2013 03:07 AM

    If the government have accountability they have to pack their bags.

    Nzhshs Tuesday, 12 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Seriously they expect a solution from the GOSL.. I sure hope not via DM Android App

    Andrew Pitugala Monday, 11 March 2013 05:24 AM

    Not only Roshen's family but that of thousand of others.

    Sim Monday, 11 March 2013 11:05 AM

    Mahanama Thilakaratne report only to President, then why do we have so many ministers. If the President have to do every thing, why should the tax payers pay the ministers.

    mike Monday, 11 March 2013 04:00 AM

    this idiot wasted his life. what justice ??? after you become violent this wl happen.

    Nadi Karunaratne Monday, 11 March 2013 01:36 AM

    Publish the findings of the Commission now - the people have a right to tramsparency and accountability.


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