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An internal investigation had been initiated by the Sri Lanka Army in connection with the incident at a petrol shed at Yaggahapitiya in Kurunegala where an Army officer attacked a civilian went viral on social media.

A video showing an Army officer kicking a man at a petrol shed was shared on social media and it was reported that the officer who attacked the civilian is a Lt. Colonel of the Sri Lanka Army.

Army Spokesman Brigadier Nilantha Premaratne said Army had begun an internal investigation into the incident.

However, he said according to the fuel shed owner and the officials, a group of men who were at the filling station had interrupted its operations. They were also reported to have  verbally abused and interrupted the duties of the army and policemen who were on duty.

Officials suspect that the group might have wilfully created an unrest at the fuel station inviting a clash.

Meanwhile, the spokesman said two civilians had been arrested over the incident.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

 

 

 


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  • Aragalaya Monday, 04 July 2022 11:33 AM

    "An internal investigation had been initiated" My foot! Has any of these so called investigations ended up in justice??? Not unless this cruel system is changed by the people for the people

    Curious Monday, 04 July 2022 11:34 AM

    Government should acknowledge that they don't have a immediate solution to the crisis and implement a digital system to distribute fuel rationally. Let saner counsel prevail.

    Jagath Leanage Monday, 04 July 2022 11:36 AM

    No need of doing an internal inquiry . Human Rights Commission will do an inquiry .

    RexJarkie Monday, 04 July 2022 11:36 AM

    PREZ is unhappy to displease the army they are his saviors

    Priyantha77 Monday, 04 July 2022 11:37 AM

    This army officer should bring before the law and punished. else we are heading to a military state where army can do anything. If so Sri Lanka will be a hell on earth

    Law abide civil group Monday, 04 July 2022 11:38 AM

    Pls remove military from civilian work as they are not trained to deal with civilians as of police. We heading to huge problem if continue like this

    Mahila Monday, 04 July 2022 11:39 AM

    Good coverup as usual!! Always Diversion!!

    Ravi Monday, 04 July 2022 02:51 PM

    We have the most uncivilized Army.

    upulpb Monday, 04 July 2022 03:05 PM

    Have they removed him from his duties???

    Luke Daniel Monday, 04 July 2022 09:01 PM

    Kick him back to private

    Nandasena Monday, 04 July 2022 09:10 PM

    Court-martial the Lt Col and give him an 'honourable discharge' and pack him off on a diplomatic posting???

    New Lankans Monday, 04 July 2022 09:14 PM

    In fact, this is how our country is falling into Hell. What is the need for a costly, incompetent, useless, corrupt, government, politicians, and armed forces in Sri Lanka? This is why the world, IMF, or other countries do not want to help Sri Lanka. May God rescue Sri Lanka from the Demon rule.

    Sils Tuesday, 05 July 2022 04:51 AM

    Repercussions of short sighted stupid voting !

    Bayagulla Tuesday, 05 July 2022 05:48 AM

    That bugger wouldn't have been so brave if he didn't have the whole Army as back-up-the bloody coward!!!!

    SAR Tuesday, 05 July 2022 06:18 AM

    "according to the fuel shed owner and the officials, a group of men who were at the filling station had interrupted its operations." the owner must have been threatened by the army to say this. nonetheless army doesn't have the right to beat a civilian like that.

    Siripala Tuesday, 05 July 2022 06:18 AM

    Can we believe them, this is simply because it went viral on social media. Just a show-off. No action.

    Carlos Kris Tuesday, 05 July 2022 06:31 AM

    What are the civilians waiting for? Remove the military, corrupted govmnt, corruption and bribe is at every part of the civilian government, shame on Lankans.....

    Gotta Tuesday, 05 July 2022 07:23 AM

    This is not the army of the Sarath F day

    Roxton Schockman Tuesday, 05 July 2022 07:40 AM

    Internal investigations will be covered in favour of the culprits, what happened to Desabandu Tennakoon? what happened to Johnstan? We must go for global investigations.

    Hubert Congreve Tuesday, 05 July 2022 07:42 AM

    All these plans are drawn by Gota to create a mess among the Tri Forces and the Police Vs public this should be defeated soon.

    Bannis Mama Tuesday, 05 July 2022 07:43 AM

    In the near future public won't tolerate, they won't respect the Uniforms, tuff time is nearing Gota and Ranil, before that you both quit.

    Boru Na Atha Tuesday, 05 July 2022 07:46 AM

    To end up this situation on the 9th July will create a path, can't help so many has to sacrifice their lives (Forces) sorry some prominent politicians too will have to sacrifice their lives.

    T.M. Tennakoon (Attorney-at-Law) Tuesday, 05 July 2022 07:48 AM

    This Lt. Col. had brought disgrace for the entire Army whom public respected, hence he should be kept behind bars.

    Koswatte Kaduwa Sunil Tuesday, 05 July 2022 07:51 AM

    Next time public will bring bombs to Petrol Sheds, be aware Police and forces, please don't protect the thieves (Gota and Ranil), protect the public - that is important.

    Nithi Neelakandan Tuesday, 05 July 2022 10:59 PM

    Gotaès way of punishing him is a good solution. Just appoint the Lt. Colonel as the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Britain., He can deal te same way with the quarter million Tamils there.

    Ranatunge Thursday, 07 July 2022 08:27 AM

    This is what happens when they give high ranking post to uneducated, unqualified people by politician. They do any dirty work for them. This what happen in Sri Lanka Top to bottom.


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