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Gunfire was directed at the soldiers –Govt.

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The government said in Parliament today that a section of the protesting crowd in Weliweriya hurled petrol bombs at soldiers, prompting them to take action for self-defense and the safety of public property.

In response to a statement made by opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe on the August 1 shooting incident in Weliweriya, Leader of the House Nimal Siripala de Silva said though some protestors left the place upon request by the security authorities  on that day , there were others pelting stones  and hurling petrol bombs at the soldiers on duty.

“There are reports that gunfire was directed at the soldiers by someone from the protesting crowd.  There is a broad investigation now underway. They were also engaged in the acts of damaging public property,” the Leader of the House said.

Besides, he refuted allegations by Mr. Wickremesinghe that those who entered the church premises in the area for safety were targeted by the military.

The Leader of the House said it would be investigated whether another party provoked this crowd to be violent. (KB & YP)

  Comments - 16

  • Hafeez Mian Wednesday, 07 August 2013 06:26 AM

    Yes sir , You are absolutly right. some young terrorist staging a violent protest. when innocent Army try stop them getting shot by
    these terrorists. when army covered their shield the bullets back fires and went and got killed the terrorists.

    Fumducker Wednesday, 07 August 2013 03:17 AM

    Great stories while creating misery to the common man! Havent you heard of "What goes around comes around" Try to be honest at least to your self! Dont the lives of children matter to you?

    kautilya Wednesday, 07 August 2013 03:22 AM

    Pal Boru

    Loku Maama Thursday, 08 August 2013 10:46 AM

    it doesnt give you any right to shoot back you morons! what sort of government are you!

    nihal Thursday, 08 August 2013 08:13 AM

    yes we agree with you, people were killed by themselves.. what a senior minister we have...?

    nihal Thursday, 08 August 2013 08:15 AM

    haha what a bunch of lairs we have in the Parliament. These are the real examples which the other countries can follow and can get consulted with..

    SK Thursday, 08 August 2013 08:20 AM

    Total crap......or should I say Bull----!

    bash Wednesday, 07 August 2013 10:33 AM

    Who ordered the arm here, why the police was sidelined... WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR RANAVIRU

    Renu Wednesday, 07 August 2013 10:41 AM

    This fat slob is a lier

    Renu Wednesday, 07 August 2013 10:43 AM

    This is the kind of minister we have who can lie. You will suffer for this as people in weliweriya are already cursing you

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 06 August 2013 12:17 PM

    A highly unlikely possibility. What next.....say the villagers shot and beat themselves up?

    Amila.G Tuesday, 06 August 2013 12:26 PM

    Man who climbed the coconut tree said , he claimed the tree to cut grass. Every body has a excuse.

    Priyanka Chopra Tuesday, 06 August 2013 12:28 PM

    Mewa Hondai Konde Bandapu Chinata Kiyanna.tell the truth. without blaming others.

    mercy2002 Wednesday, 07 August 2013 12:10 PM

    It means you not governing the country properly letting every tom dick and harry to carry fire arms . Your lokka says terrorism wiped out what non sense talk?

    Ranjo Wednesday, 07 August 2013 12:25 PM

    There is a massive conspiracy! Because the fact that the soldiers were shot at was filmed by journalists and public, those nasty people attacked them, and now they put the blame on the army.

    surain lal Wednesday, 07 August 2013 06:17 AM

    talk with two horns on the head yet unfortunatley no tail to be founded at the back


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