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The United National Party (UNP) today demanded the resignation of Army spokesman Ruwan Wanigasuriya over the ‘childish and inappropriate statements' he had made on the Weliweriya clash.

“The statements made by Brigadier Wanigasuriya were unbecoming of a person holding the rank of spokesman and a disgrace to the Army uniform. Therefore he should resign,” UNP Provincial Councillor Niroshan Padukka told a news conference.

He said the Army had also been politicised.

“We have doubts whether it is the Sri Lankan Army or the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Army,” he said.

Mr. Padukka condemned the killings at Weliweriya and said the government should take adequate action to prevent such incidents happening in the future.

He urged the authorities to resolve the causes that resulted in the unfortunate incidents at Weliweriya. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

Video by Lahiru Pothmulla

  Comments - 21

  • Grace Monday, 05 August 2013 12:02 PM

    Those who gave shooting order were either not in the right state of mind or under the influence of liquor or sleep-talking.

    Priya Tuesday, 06 August 2013 07:22 AM

    Machan Niroshan what about asking resignation from the top ordered killing of innocent civilians.Are you scared of "white vans".

    Ranjith Tuesday, 06 August 2013 06:51 AM

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    patriot Tuesday, 06 August 2013 04:53 AM

    i totally agree with mr.padukka.there was a time that senior army officials like sf were barred of delivering political speeches in army uniform.
    is there any changes now? he was not a political henchman who licks the boot

    patriot Tuesday, 06 August 2013 04:35 AM

    during the french revolution there was a scarecity for bread.the people were asked to eat cakes.but in sri lanka when people wanted fresh drinking water they were served with bullets

    Premalal Monday, 05 August 2013 01:54 PM

    What the Army did at Waliveriya will disgrace all those brave soldiers who sacrifice their lives facing a real enemy.

    Mason Monday, 05 August 2013 01:53 PM

    Jokers with no sense expecting the public to believe their stupid stories.

    Ling Monday, 05 August 2013 01:49 PM

    How come Mr Gota is very silent on this incident?

    Noufer Monday, 05 August 2013 01:15 PM

    BBS , please check whether drinking water in Waliweriya are is HALAL ?

    sss Monday, 05 August 2013 12:35 PM

    He is just a parrot. Should also go after the ones who gave him the script

    Lasantha Monday, 05 August 2013 12:19 PM

    Some how these things must stop. UNP has to work hard to protect our innocent people.

    Merv Monday, 05 August 2013 07:56 AM

    At last UNP got to know the facts.

    Saman Monday, 05 August 2013 11:35 AM

    When they use military against innocent people ( Not against armed people) , We knew what is next on their agenda. We have worn them not to fall into fake love with this military machine. It is used by the ruling parties to oppress general masses. This is a violent act , we all should raise our voices. We must not pay our taxes to kill our people. Stop paying taxes.

    ponil Monday, 05 August 2013 11:31 AM

    U&pEE is the biggest lIterate of them all!!!!!!

    mdadushan Monday, 05 August 2013 11:22 AM

    Killing Field, API HADEMU THOPI MARAMU !!

    Nodrog Monday, 05 August 2013 10:33 AM

    If ministers were made to resign for making "childish and inappropriate statements' then the entire cabinet would have to step down.
    On the other hand making sensible and mature comments will get you fired.

    Modaya Monday, 05 August 2013 10:29 AM

    True enough to say that Sri Lanka is the Modayange Rata. Government Authorities know this and trying to fool by issuing some false statements to majority illiterate citizens who are their main supporters.

    johan Monday, 05 August 2013 09:15 AM

    This is not the first unfortunate incident.Masses protesting in
    Colombo they will continue, almost every week .In rural areas
    Govt.feel people are illiterate they must be punished if they do
    the same thing.

    ind Monday, 05 August 2013 08:13 AM

    yes, but from the wrong end !

    Porky Pig Monday, 05 August 2013 08:08 AM

    When the spokesman was asked who gave order, he response was a inquire was on and could not comment. However he went on to say that on victim has died due a blunt instrument being used. What a great discovery.

    Porky Pig Monday, 05 August 2013 08:05 AM

    I totally agree with the UNP on this point. The army spokesman was talking bull.

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