The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said today it was planning to take legal action against the authorities responsible for the Meethotamulla catastrophe alleging that the authorities purposely neglected the threat to the lives of residents despite repeated warnings of the danger.
JVP Provincial Councillor Sunil Watagala said they were discussing the matter with some President’s Counsel about taking legal action against the authorities as it was a case of inflicting death due to negligence.
He said the penal code ordinance, criminal procedure code and the Urban Council Ordinance had been violated in this incident and the tragedy was caused due to the negligence of the authorities.
“This is not a natural disaster. It is a murder caused due to negligence. When we visited Meethotamulla on April 11, we saw huge cracks on the ground and concrete floors and informed the relevant authorities such as the Disaster Management Ministry, District Secretary and Divisional Secretary. But they did not pay heed to our complaints. Causing death due to Negligence is a punishable offence under the criminal and penal code,” he said.
Mr. Watagala said according to the Urban Council Ordinance, it was the duty of the urban council to collect garbage and dispose them properly.
He said the authorities could have taken action to prevent the possible threat to the lives of the Meethotamulla residents during three occasions when the fire erupted in the garbage dump and during the recent floods in the area. (Ajith Siriwardana)
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Hamlet Thursday, 20 April 2017 19:07
Meethotamulla: JVP to take action against those responsible We seem to forget that we are all Responsible for the Way we Create and Dispose of our Garbage!However we continue to believe that Someone Else should be Responsible for the Way we manage our Garbage!
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ceylon Thursday, 20 April 2017 19:28
there was not meethotamulla when they were ministers . via DM Android App
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bindu Thursday, 20 April 2017 19:41
Damn good. This is what we want in our country. Pl.go to the depth of the problem, to the very beginning. Do not let anyone responsible escape.Do not forget Sarath N Silva and Gota etc. also. Prosecute all who were involved in this issue from the present Govt. Teach the lairs who were fishing for votes selling the garbage dump.
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C.K.LANKAPUTHRA Friday, 21 April 2017 08:05
Make JVP also corespondants.
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hemantha Friday, 21 April 2017 11:14
JVP is very good in fishing at trouble water.
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p nonis Saturday, 22 April 2017 04:50
This shows how muh the Govt has neglected the most important plans of development. previous govt also to be blamed for this. The Govt delaying the LG elections which basically looks after these interest and interest of the lower and middle class people has lost interest in them. The biggest culprit the CMC. They donot know or have ametod of disposing the garbge in Colombo.. The newly constructed flats also has no proper garbage disposal system other than the collection by local authorities CMC and councils. The govt should look after the interest of the people. flying around the world for conferences will not solve srilanka s peoples problems . all these mega projects is with foreigners and for their interests.Srilanka has become a over populated country with the New planning and developments considering the traffic on the roads , and booming house construction by indiiduals and high rise apartments in small blocks.
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