Defence Secretary, General Kamal Gunaratne apprised Chairperson of Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), Retired Justice Rohini Marasinghe, about the difficulties Security Forces personnel deployed at fuel stations face in crowd control, but that they are under strict orders to maintain the highest level of discipline and patience.
Gunaratne visited the HRCSL on Tuesday (5) to discuss 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 a high-level investigation is being conducted by the Army.
Gunaratne assured that the defence authorities will take every possible measure to ensure that these incidents will not reoccur and that law and order are maintained to the letter.
The Chairperson requested Gunaratne to take adequate measures to ensure the non-reoccurrence of these types of incidents and advised the officers to maintain law and order at all times, irrespective of the nature of provocation.
Following the incident, the concerned military officer was suspended from all duties and subjected to a five-member investigation, which will last till 15 July. The victim was also arrested and released after being kicked in the chest by the military officer.
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan