Four officials, including a deputy manager, of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), who had gone on an observation tour of four oil tanks belonging to the CPC in China Bay, had been held captive by officials of the Indian Oil Company (IOC). They had been locked up for about one hour.
The deputy operations manager of the corporation Menaka Jeewasiri, Assistant Engineer K. P Easwaran and two security officers, who had accompanied them, had been held captive by the IOC officials.
Sources said that four of the oil tanks at the tank farm in China Bay had been handed over to the CPC with the approval of the Cabinet, and these officers had examined them for the purpose of further development.
During their tour, the officers had been subjected to this treatment, said Ajith Dharmapriya, the media coordinator of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation. The two vehicles the officers had come in had also been held by the IOC officials.
Dharmapriya said that the officers had later lodged a complaint with the China Bay Police concerning the incident.
The chairman of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation said that they had informed the Ministry Secretary of the incident and further action would be taken.
Meanwhile, the China Bay Police said that Chiththam Raju, the senior vice chairman of the Indian Oil Company had complained to the police that officers of the CPC had trespassed on their company property.
In his complaint, Mr. Chiththam Raju had that that the officials had been given permission to enter the area only on one particular day -- namely December 28th -- but the officials had come on the 29th. He had said there was a bilateral agreement and no one was allowed to enter the site without the permission of higher officials.
Further investigations are being conducted by the OIC of the China Bay Police Station, P. Kumaradasa. (Mahinda Nissanka and Amadoru Amarajeewa)
Who has dictated the agreement ? so we do not know what will be the consequences after signing ETCA
BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 30 December 2016 09:54 AM
Oil tank farms are hazardous areas where prior safety and permissions needs to be observed. The CPC chaps had got permission to survey on 28th but they have walked in violating the permission on 29th, if so why didn't the IOC security stop them on arrival and advise them to correct their permits? If the CPC chaps had forcefully walked into the IOC terminal on 29th then actions of IOC is absolutely correct, they should have been locked up and handed over to the Police.
Save Friday, 30 December 2016 10:14 AM
Soon Sri Lanka becomes a refugee India or China. Then what would you call it? ?
Bala Friday, 30 December 2016 10:59 AM
Yes any agreement has clauses and if agree on 28th they must go on 28th.
Mandy Friday, 30 December 2016 11:02 AM
How can you walk into someone else's property on your whim and fancy - whether indian chinese or even sri lankan. Also if the latter they would not have got away without a good beating.
Ranger Thomas Friday, 30 December 2016 11:04 AM
If what the Senior Vice Chairman of IOC says is true, then they had every right to act the way they did. The CPC officials must learn to practice protocol, not to act on their whims and fancies.
Dee Friday, 30 December 2016 01:27 PM
Thats the 'Sinha Le' way of doing things bro. Allways treading on others territory.
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