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HRCSL concludes probe on Rathupaswala crisis

4 May 2014 04:48 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


At the conclusion of the separate inquiry into the Rathupaswala crisis, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has recommended that the Army act within the scope of its powers and responsibilities in situations such as protests, sources said.

The HRCSL has also suggested that the Police and the Army should maintain proper coordination.

The Rathupaswala residents held a massive protest rally on August 1 last year demanding that the Rubber Gloves Factory in the area be shut down because they claimed that the factory waste was polluting the water resources. The firing by security forces personnel in their attempt to quell the protest resulted in three residents being killed and more than 40 injured.

At a Human Rights Awareness Workshop held in Colombo, HRCSL Chief Prathibha Mahanamahewa said they has concluded two inquiries one on the pollution of drinking water at Rathupaswala and the other on the shooting at protesters.

Responding to a question by a participant, Dr. Mahanamahewa said a report with recommendations would be forwarded to the Army Commander on the shooting incident. He said the inquiry into the clash was carried out with statements recorded from villagers, security personnel and journalists. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 7

  • Mohamed Sunday, 04 May 2014 05:04 PM

    Well expected!

    Bedrock Sunday, 04 May 2014 06:40 PM

    Come on, be more specific. Take a lesson from Madam Pillay. She was bold to make her comments on the ground situation in Sri Lanka.

    SamWesternAustralia Monday, 05 May 2014 12:50 AM

    No Comments

    Mahajanaya Monday, 05 May 2014 10:21 AM

    Rathupaswala puswedi. via DM iPad app

    Dhadabbaraya Monday, 05 May 2014 05:15 AM

    Hodhamu, Hodhamu hondata hodamu....Kunu yanne nea ne

    Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 05 May 2014 12:14 PM

    Looks more like a script written by somebody in the government as it does not say anything : just some belated advice to the armed forces and the police on how to behave during such incidents.

    M.O.A.Careem Monday, 05 May 2014 08:15 PM

    law and order/////

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