Vavuniya, Batticaloa protests continue amidst arrests over Punguduthivu gang rape

Vavuniya, Batticaloa protests continue amidst arrests over Punguduthivu gang rape

Vavuniya, Batticaloa protests continue amidst arrests over Punguduthivu gang rape

Written by Staff Writer

21 May, 2015 | 10:36 pm

One hundred and thirty (130) persons who behaved in a disruptive manner opposite the Jaffna court demanding punishment for the suspects in connection to the rape and murder of a schoolgirl in Jaffna have been remanded. Police Media Spokesperson, ASP Ruwan Gunesekara stated that they were arrested on charges of damaging state property.

ASP Gunasekera further added that 47 suspects have been remanded till June 1, 43 suspects till June 3 and 40 other suspects till June 4.

Several other protests were also held in other parts of the country. A protest was staged opposite the Vavuniya District Secretariat on Thursday demanding the immediate enforcement of the law with regard to the rape and murder. Our correspondent stated that shops were closed as a sign of protest.

Demonstrations were also held in Kilinochchi in protest of the rape and murder of the school girl. Another protest was held in the city of Mullativu where the residents demanded that the law be strictly enforced against the accused. Protests were also  staged in Batticaloa demanding that authorities take steps to ensure that such crimes are not repeated in the future.

Meanwhile in Trincomalee too, residents protested against the rape and murder of the school girl.

The topic also came up in the Parliament on Wednesday May 20 and Thursday May 21 where Deputy Inspector General Lalith jayasinghe noted that requests have been made to make necessary arrangements for a DNA test, including o  the nine suspects in relation to the murder of the school girl. He also added that the police have already recorded statements and Shashikumar is being investigated since last night.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister Vijayakala Maheshwaran noted that armed groups are still operating in the North and that such incidents have been previously reported from the Punkudiththivu area.

He went on to say that even after four months have passed since the new government was formed, steps have not been taken to dismantle such groups who use innocent people for their own benefit. The deputy minister also made note that a member of the Chelanai Pradeshiya Sabha is also among the ten suspects.

He further added that he has informed the Prime Minister and the Defence Secretary , however, no such action has been taken so far.

UPFA MP Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan also spoke on the incident saying that an individual who arrived from Switzerland too has been arrested in relation to the incident and that there were attempts to protect the suspect at the airport. The MP further added that the individual in question is also a member of the Tamil National Alliance. He also revealed that the individual who tried to protect the TNA member at the airport is a person named ‘Tamilmaran’.

Meanwhile, when questions were raised in relation to the issue at a police media briefing held in Jaffna today, DIG Lalith Jayasinghe stated that the person named ‘Thamilmaran’ is a resident of the village. He also stated that Under the Community – Police concept, they had convened with the people and the journalists and others in the area.

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