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Data on ethnic riots of 1983 hard to come by; Govt

25 March 2017 01:09 pm - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


It was revealed that data on ethnic riots that took place in July/August 1983 was currently not available in most police divisions in the country.

This was revealed in Parliament by Chief Government Whip Gayantha Karunatilake in response to an oral question raised by joint opposition MP Udaya Gammanpila, yesterday.
Data on the ethnic riots was not readily available due to documents decaying, the authorities wanting certain documents destroyed and ordering their destruction, complaints not been lodged at police stations, the documents being destroyed by natural calamities such as the tsunami in 2004 and floods as well as a lack of proper storage of documents at police stations in the war affected areas.(Yohan Perera)


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  • DHA Saturday, 25 March 2017 01:25 PM

    This is the curse UNP's will carry on their heads forever.....all roots to the 30 year war leads on the heads of UNP's that sin cannot be washed away in any way though faulty reasons are found....

    Thanos Saturday, 25 March 2017 01:29 PM

    Convenient for the UNP.

    mohandev Saturday, 25 March 2017 01:36 PM

    Sure how can they exist ? creators of 83 ethnic masacare UNP thugs are now in power will ensure no traces remain as they worship

    rosebud Saturday, 25 March 2017 01:41 PM

    No wonder the UNHRC is insisting on hybrid courts. This is a disgrace via DM Android App

    ceylon Saturday, 25 March 2017 02:03 PM

    all who lootedrob3dburned propertiesraped and killed are the traitors and criminals of the country.they created terrorism that made srilanka name disgusting and hatred worldwide. via DM Android App

    ceylon Saturday, 25 March 2017 02:05 PM

    why those criminal traitors who lootedburnedraped and killednot punished yet .they created terrorism and made srilanka worldwide hatred country. via DM Android App

    Jonson Saturday, 25 March 2017 04:52 PM

    Talking after 34 year got the return of 30 years war. via DM Android App

    vithura Saturday, 25 March 2017 05:10 PM

    This shows the lackadaisical attitude of govt's to document retention in general and in particular the critical events such as the anti-Tamil 1983 riots which incidentally was orchestrated by the govt of the day. What chance have we in finding documents pertaining to the riots of 1956, 1958, 1977 and other localised riots in 1980(Jaffna), 1981(Kurunegala), 1985(Trincomalee) etc.

    ceylon Saturday, 25 March 2017 06:19 PM

    so now punish who didnt keep the records. via DM Android App

    Piyal Saturday, 25 March 2017 06:32 PM

    your memory is decaying my friend. Please dont fool the masses.Piyal via DM iOS App

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 27 March 2017 08:55 AM

    Of course, in another few years you will even say 1983 riots where mass killings, looting and maiming of Tamils never happened.

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