Court issues order preventing demonstrations in Jaffna district (Watch video)

Court issues order preventing demonstrations in Jaffna district (Watch video)

Written by Staff Writer

23 May, 2015 | 9:10 pm

The Jaffna Magistrate’s Court on Saturday issued an order preventing protests and demonstrations of any kind from taking place within the Jaffna District.

This order was issued to control the situation that had arisen over the rape and murder of a school student from Pungudutivu, Jaffna on May 20.

Several protests and hartal campaigns are being staged, condemning the murder of the school girl in Pungudutivu.

Police Media Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said that every possible legal procedure has been taken with regard to this matter.

A protest march condemning the incident in Jaffna, was scheduled to be held at the Mutra Veli Grounds in Trincomalee.

However,  the police had stated that authorisation could only be granted to stage a peaceful protest within the compounds of the Mutra Veli grounds, instead of the protest march. The protestors thereafter obliged.

Although a few of the demonstrators attempted to hand over a letter to the governor, it was eventually accepted by the Chairperson of the Eastern Provincial Council Ariyawathi Galappatthi.

Meanwhile, a demonstration was staged in Seeduwa protesting against the harassment of women and children in the area.

Addressing a media briefing on Saturday, State Minister of Children’s Affairs Rosy Senanayake said that her Ministry has taken several measures over this matter.

Meanwhile, issuing a communique, Minister of Resettlement D.M. Swaminathan said that a legal framework to ensure the security in Jaffna must be established.

The minister points out that the suspects in connection to the rape and murder of the school girl in Pungudutivu as well as the suspects who acted violently in court premises must be brought before the law.

Minister D.M. Swaminathan goes on to say that the public should cooperate with security units.Speaking to reporters during a visit to Jaffna on Friday, National Organiser of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Susil Premajayantha also commented on the matter.

He said that they are deeply concerned about the incident that had taken place a few days ago in the Jaffna peninsula, the death of a teenage girl, adding that as a party they offer their deepest sympathies to the family members of the victim.

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