Defence authorities at fuel stations must abstain from violent methods of crowd controlling – HRCSL

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Secretary of the Ministry of the Defence, General Kamal Gunaratne held discussions with the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), Justice Rohini Marasinghe regarding the incident of an assault on a civilian at a fuel station in Yakgahapitiya, Kurunegala by an Army Officer.

The Defence Secretary condemned the incident and said that a high-level inquiry is being conducted in this regard by the Sri Lanka Army.

He explained that the armed force personnel deployed at fuel stations face several difficulties during crowd controlling, however, they are under strict orders to maintain the highest degree of discipline and patience.

General Kamal Gunaratne assured that the defence authorities will take every possible measure to ensure that such incidents will not reoccur and that law and order are maintained to the latter.

In response, the HRCSL Chairperson requested General Gunaratne to take adequate measures to ensure the non-reoccurrence of these types of incidents and to advise the officers to maintain law and order at all times irrespective of the nature of provocation.