Ruwan asks IGP why prime suspects not arrested

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Deputy Leader of the UNP Ruwan Wijewardene has written to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), C. D. Wickramaratne, asking why the prime suspects in the attack on unarmed peaceful GotaGoGama protesters, at the Galle Face Green, are still at large.

Wijewardene indicated in his letter that following the attack on MynaGoGama and GotaGoGama on 9 May, violence had erupted in the country claiming nine lives, including a Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP and destroying property owned by Government MPs and the private businesses.

He went on to say that the IGP appointed a team of CID officials to carry out investigations on this incident. “I learnt from media reports that the Attorney General has also instructed the relevant officials to arrest the suspects after conducting investigations into the incident.”

Wijewardene further stated that everything was as it was. Anyone who came to attack the peaceful protesters or attacked them has not been arrested so far. A private case has been filed at Fort Magistrate’s Court indicating the names of a number of suspects responsible for the attack. Arresting only individuals connected with the violent incidents that erupted after the attack, without apprehending the prime suspects, is injustice.

The attack on SDIG Deshabandu Tennakoon, who has been named in connection with the attack on protesters, was a known fact. The efficiency of Police in taking the suspects involved in the attack on him within a few hours of the incident must be praised, Wijewardene said.

He added, “Several days have elapsed since the attack on the peaceful protesters. Only one suspect was arrested on 15 May morning but the Police have failed to arrest the rest which is a matter of concern. The public are closely monitoring every incident.

“I have been appointed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to look into the needs of GotaGoGama protesters. The reason for the setback in arresting the suspects and the progress of inquiries must be revealed immediately,” Wijewardene added.

By Naalir Jamaldeen