PM speaks of Salawa army camp fire

PM speaks of Salawa army camp fire

PM speaks of Salawa army camp fire

Written by Tharushan Fernando

08 Jun, 2016 | 7:16 am

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe informed parliament on Tuesday that the fire at the Salawa Army Camp in Kosgama began at an armoury.

The prime minister pointed out that ordinary warehouses were used to store ammunition during the period when the armed conflict was underway. The premier further stated that these warehouses were not relocated due to the lack of financial allocations.

UPFA Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunewardena questioned as to whether the the necessary measures are being taken to restore essential services and ensure normal lives for general public, by removing shrapnel from the area and  questioned if a complete investigation being conducted to ascertain the total damage caused by the fire and explosions, and whether will it be publicised

Prime Minister,Ranil Wickremesinghe in reply noted that during the Security Council meeting on Monday, it was decided to conduct a preliminary investigation and then make a statement on it, and a tri-forces committee was appointed to probe the incident while a Deputy Inspector General of Police was also appointed to assist the investigation.

The premier pointed out that such an explosion occurred back in 2010 as well, where even foreign nationals were killed, and when storing weapons and ammunition, ordinary warehouses have been used.

“I think this is something which happens during periods of conflict. The explosion occurred in such an armoury”, he said

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