Written by Keshala Dias
25 Oct, 2016 | 9:31 pm
Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, on Tuesday, October 25, posed a question to PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, in parliament, over the shooting in Mattakkuliya.
R. Sampanthan said that they demand that an impartial investigation be conducted into these deaths immediately and that the truth be found out, and the culprits punished.
“This inquiry must ascertain as to how gunshots were sustained by the rider of the motorcycle and not the pillion rider, if in fact they were fleeing from the police”, he said.
He went on to note that “this circumstance would seem to suggest Mr. Deputy Speaker that the firing could have taken place from the front and not from behind.”
“I wish to ask the Honourable Prime Minister as to what further steps have been taken to ensure that the culprits are actually brought to book, since serious doubts have been raised in the recent past as to the jury processes through which high profile crimes have ended with no conviction at all”, he added.
Furthermore, he asked the Prime Minister as to what steps have been taken by the government to immediately ensure such unlawful acts are not repeated by the law enforcement authorities.
In response, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said to the honourable deputy speaker, that “the incident which relates to the shooting and the deaths of the students has come as a shock to all of us” – and that he wants to assure that all steps are taken in a transparent manner and that it would be put before the Judicial inquiry which is independent.
“In addition the government will also, at the end of the proceedings, decide on the need for an independent inquiry and we regret what has happened”, he added.
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