HRCSL summons IGP, top cops

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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) summoned IGP Chandana Wickramaratne on Friday (22), to inquire about the Rambukkana shooting.

One person was killed and dozens were injured when the Police opened fire at protesters who were demanding fuel on 19 April in Rambukkana.

The IGP had given a statement with regard to the shooting to the HRCSL. He arrived at the commission at about 11:00 a.m. with a group of senior Police Officers including the DIG in charge of the Central Province, and left the premises at about 1:00 p.m.

Furthermore, the special Police team appointed to probe the incident has said four T-56 assault rifles and 35 rounds of ammunition have been used by the Police Officers who were at the scene to disperse the crowd, sources said.

It is also reported that, the HRCSL would commence an investigation into complaints that a top Cabinet Minister had allegedly requested the Police to ‘clear’ the railway track that was blocked by the protesters.

Meanwhile, preliminary investigations have shown that ASP C.W.C. Dharmaratne and SSP K.B. Keerthiratne had instructed to open fire to control the situation in Rambukkana on 19 April, Public Security Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said on the same day.

Speaking in Parliament, Ranatunga said the investigations are in their early stages, and following a comprehensive investigation, the report will be tabled in Parliament.

By Methmalie Dissanayake