Trade Unions urge IGP

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The Trade Union Coordinating Centre (TUCC) urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to arrest all those, including former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (SDIG), Deshabandu Tennakoon over, the attacks on the peaceful protests outside Temple Trees and Galle Face Green.

In a letter to the IGP on Friday (13), the TUCC accused the Police Department of not arresting and charging any of the SLPP thugs or the conspirators, who planned the attack on GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama. “Sri Lankan Police are yet to arrest the conspirators and thugs, who planned and attacked, conspired to commit a crime, summoned thugs to Temple Trees as a result of the conspiracy, aided and abetted the thugs to inflict damage on life and property, when there was evidence that was more than adequate,” the TUCC charged.

Expressing vehement disapproval of the attacks, the TUCC said there was clear proof that the perpetrators of the crimes were at Temple Trees. They include the former Premier, former Ministers Namal Rajapaksa, Johnston Fernando, Rohitha Abeygunawardana, Pavithra Wanniarachchi and Kanchana Jayaratne. Also, there is clear evidence to show that SDIG Tennakoon did nothing to control the provoked thugs who attacked the unarmed protesters.

There is adequate evidence that the SDIG, being amongst the SLPP thugs, neglected the duties of his office by aiding and abetting them to injure the unarmed protesters and destroy their property, the Trade Union body charged.

By Dilanthi Jayamanne