MP Thevarapperuma raises issue about parliamentary privilege and Aluthgama unrest

MP Thevarapperuma raises issue about parliamentary privilege and Aluthgama unrest

Written by Bella Dalima

19 Jun, 2014 | 9:48 pm

United National Party Parliamentarian Palitha Thevarapperuma has raised an issue pertaining to parliamentary privileges, speaking in connection with the incident that took place in Aluthgama recently.

[quote]I used a vehicle that belongs to a person from that area and I visited Welipitya. I took a number of people from the area with me; 16 people boarded the van in total. There were five infants among them, as well as two expectant mothers and two elderly women. After traveling for sometime, the Police Mobile Patrol noticed the vehicle I was traveling in and moved aside. At that moment, a violent group attacked those who were inside the vehicle in an inhumane manner.

The vehicle was badly damaged. I did not stop the vehicle, Honorable Speaker. There was a small hole visible in the front of the vehicle — I could only see the road in-front of me through that small hole. Honorable Speaker, the age of one of the children was only nine months. The child was injured in the back and was rushed to the ICU in Colombo.[/quote]

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed these views:

[quote]It has been presented here that physical damage was caused. That is a violation of privileges. He said that he took this measure to protect the lives of people at a time where there were tensions. He says that that police did not act. It is important that we be informed about what will be done by the chamber in this regard .[/quote]

 

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