BASL writes to President

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In view of the recent conflicts between civilians and Police and military personnel at fuel stations, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), in a letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, warned of unprecedented turmoil if the unrest persists.

The BASL called on the President to take necessary steps to instruct the Defence Secretary, Commanders of the Tri Forces and IGP to ensure such conflict do not take place and to instruct Police and the Forces to desist from violence in dealing with the public while acting with utmost restraint.

“We also call to ensure that steps be taken under the law to deal with errant officers who have subjected civilians to such violence,” the BASL said.

The BASL said, “Some years ago, confrontations between members of the public and the Armed Forces resulted in the deaths of civilians. Such incidents between the members of the Armed Forces or the Police and the civilians will discredit Sri Lanka’s Armed Forces and the Police.”

They added that Sri Lanka Army and other service personnel must only be deployed in limited circumstances as contemplated in the Criminal Procedure Code, adding that it is inappropriate for service personnel to be deployed in this regard, which essentially should be managed by the Sri Lanka Police.

By Faadhila Thassim