Bring Temple Trees conspirators to book – JJB

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Former Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa gathered thugs at Temple Trees and launched a brutal attack, inciting violence. If the country is to be pacified, the conspirators at Temple Trees must be brought to justice, Jathika Jana Balawegaya (JJB) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said.

He said it is clear that various individuals, including Rajapaksa, former ministers, Pradeshiya Sabha chairmen, and some MPs, abused State power, and they should be arrested immediately.

He told the Media yesterday (11) that there is no quick fix for instability unless this situation is resolved quickly.

“At present, the struggle for the just demands of the people has taken a violent turn. Personal vengeance and robbery are on the rise. Law enforcement agencies need to take action to prevent this growing situation. The IGP should fulfil his responsibilities and take immediate action to prevent this situation,” he said.

He said, the responsibilities of the public should be properly understood and acted on to alleviate this situation.

“Protests arising from the public’s painful and oppressive experience must never be allowed to escalate into planned robberies and violence. It is the people’s primary responsibility. We urge everyone to vehemently oppose violence. Violent people should be discouraged at all costs,” he said.

He said political stability comes at a cost. The current recession is even worse. The tourism industry is among many economic sectors that are collapsing. He claimed that the cost of an election is critical for political stability to prevent it.

“We are ready to negotiate with any political movement. The resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a key condition for the implementation of this programme,” he said.

He said, earlier there were proposals to retain Gotabaya Rajapaksa and implement them. But after the recent attacks on people, the public want him out, he said.

JJB Executive Member MP Dr. Harini Amarasuriya, Specialist Dr. Nihal Abeysinghe, Attorney-at-Law Upul Kumarapperuma, and Dr. Anura Karunatilake were also present at the occasion.

By Aloka Kasturiarachchi