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By Indika Sri Aravinda and Sanath Desmond

The family of the Samurdhi officer who was tied to a tree by Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva in Kelaniya yesterday said that they fear for their lives with the officer himself now reportedly in hiding.

Relatives of the Samurdhi officer told Daily Mirror online that they did not know the whereabouts of the officer after he left his home yesterday. “He has been psychologically affected because of what has happened to him. He had not committed any sin for him to be treated in such a manner by the Deputy Minister. We all now fear for our lives,” a relative said.

The relative added, “We cannot step out of the house as people identify us. We have disconnected the home telephone as people are calling us. We are all affected because of this. We do not know what will happen to us.”

Meanwhile the Intellectuals for Human Rights termed Deputy Minister Silva’s actions yesterday as a ‘brutal’ act and condemned the physical and mental violence against this government official.

“It was an action which obviously violated the right of a civilian to be free from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the right to work without any discrimination protected by international human rights charters and conventions,” the Human Rights group said in a statement. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Roshan Wednesday, 04 August 2010 09:57 AM

    But being a Minister he cannot act like this. If the officer has done wrong then sack him.

    A tourist Thursday, 05 August 2010 04:38 AM

    What is going on in Sri Lanka? It is a shame on the President and the government.
    the disgusting behaviour of the government minister shouldn't be tolerated anywhere in this civilized world.
    These kind of uncivilized matters should be stopped in sri lanka and the culprits should be punished immediately.

    NIMKOP Wednesday, 04 August 2010 12:34 PM

    No wonder UN is watching these violation of human rights in Sri Lanka.

    RajasH Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:19 AM

    I am sure Mervyn will give them protection

    Ravana Thursday, 05 August 2010 05:29 AM

    Sorry but the judiciary is doing nothing to inspire confidence in the population !

    DMG Thursday, 05 August 2010 05:31 AM

    wait, i thought he tied himself to the tree? haha

    spark Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:22 AM

    because he is the main culprit behind all these dramas.

    citizen1 Wednesday, 04 August 2010 12:59 PM

    I am sure you are joking!?

    Perera007 Wednesday, 04 August 2010 01:00 PM

    I think they should Go to Court!! Disgusting behavior from a man who brings so much shame to the country. and SF is behind bars when people like this roam the streets.

    Josh Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:24 AM

    well i guess mervyn silva will have to be tied to the tree if something happens to the officer..

    bash Wednesday, 04 August 2010 01:07 PM

    and look for any terrorist connections, get him arrested under the emergency law

    udugampola Wednesday, 04 August 2010 01:14 PM

    Sri lanka has shown the world again human rights are not protected.what a shame.we will wait and see what his excellency gonna do

    UN MAFIA Wednesday, 04 August 2010 01:16 PM

    THERE IS EVIDENCE AFTER EVIDENCE NOW FOR UN TO REALLY PROBE WITH SCOPE FOR PUNISHMNET VERY GOOD THESE MAD DOGS ARE PLAYING TO THE HANDS

    Rehan Panabokke Thursday, 05 August 2010 06:21 AM

    Nice drama......I feel sorry for the official for being publicly insulted...
    A land like no other!!!!!!!!

    Tony Wednesday, 04 August 2010 08:43 PM

    Who are you kidding? A 'thank you' promotion must be on the way!

    I Hussein Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:33 AM

    Of course they will be in fear. Mervyn has been voted by 140K people like him. Naturally, the officers family cant fight against that number.

    KD Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:34 AM

    these are good examples for the EU to come up & halt the GSP+ concession

    kassa Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:35 AM

    Yes. File a Case for insulting.

    Reality Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:37 AM

    A clear case where the President does not know what his Ministers are up to during day or night.

    Smart Aleck Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:55 AM

    More ammunition for Monkey Moon.

    steve Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:56 AM

    A country like no other!
    Jayawewa!!!!

    V. Smart Aleck Thursday, 05 August 2010 01:26 AM

    Because Mervin might also tie him to a tree.

    TMA Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:58 AM

    Easy. Let's call the official a traitor

    Hemal de Silva Thursday, 05 August 2010 01:39 AM

    Are ministers maintained at public expense doing their work. When was he sworn in as the minister for C.Q.J.?. Cheap & Quick Justice.

    salman Wednesday, 04 August 2010 11:10 AM

    Before election they are like buddha after winning election they show their real character.

    Ravana Wednesday, 04 August 2010 11:12 AM

    Why hide isn't it better to die than live like this ? Neither that man nor his family will ever live this down and Mervyn will gain political mileage from it !

    This is the society we live in.

    Sam Wednesday, 04 August 2010 11:15 AM

    "Balla" barking while the master is sleeping!

    Bluff Bluff Wednesday, 04 August 2010 09:36 AM

    Yes the family members must take cover from mad dogs!

    SC Wednesday, 04 August 2010 09:37 AM

    what a country !!!!

    Concerned Wednesday, 04 August 2010 09:39 AM

    What an irony. These Samurdi officers, not long ago, did all things to bring this government into power. And today they are being tied to trees by mad politikkas. Anyway good lesson to them.

    Ranjan Weeratunga Thursday, 05 August 2010 03:10 AM

    wait and see he will be minster in charge of BIG portfolio soon.............

    Saibu Nana Wednesday, 04 August 2010 09:41 AM

    what minister did was not correct .......

    Janaka Wednesday, 04 August 2010 11:24 AM

    The said officer may be over reacting.LOL

    Concerned Wednesday, 04 August 2010 09:41 AM

    Why is the President silent about this brutal act?

    Murshid Wednesday, 04 August 2010 09:43 AM

    Mahinda Chintana at its work. This is Asias wonder.

    Sanath R Wednesday, 04 August 2010 11:29 AM

    Obviously he has to hide due to the humiliation he was exposed to. It is upto the hirerachy of the govt to take corrective action.

    MH-NZ Thursday, 05 August 2010 03:25 AM

    Where are the code of Ethics for MP'S? Speaker should sack this minister for not behaving like one

    GSR Thursday, 05 August 2010 03:37 AM

    Democratic Republic of Srilanka......what a joke!

    thusi Wednesday, 04 August 2010 09:47 AM

    Welll what Mervin did was high handed....but Those who waste public money and does not do their job....should take this as a warning.....

    jeena jay Thursday, 05 August 2010 03:41 AM

    Mr President, your team needs EDUCATION very badly especially HR (HUMAN RIGHTS).

    Chami Wednesday, 04 August 2010 04:59 PM

    You think?

    Chami Wednesday, 04 August 2010 05:01 PM

    And I bet Thusi voted for Mervin; no brainer there...

    A suffering Sri Lank Wednesday, 04 August 2010 05:04 PM

    H.E President makes no mistakes !
    H.E President's men also make no mistakes !
    This is Sri Lankan style of Democracy!
    God save us from these KINGS

    Chami Wednesday, 04 August 2010 05:04 PM

    What I'm curious about is whether this Samurdhi officer voted for Mervin Silva or not. That's a very important point of detail to come across; don't you think?


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