Station Masters complain to HRCSL


The Sri Lanka Station Masters’ Union (SLSMU) submitted a written complaint to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) yesterday (12) regarding the arbitrary decision to suspend train operations on 9 July 2022, in light of planned protests across the island.

SLSMU General Secretary Kasun Chamara said that on 9 July the station masters of several major stations were severely insulted and their human rights violated as a result of the railway authorities’ decision to act arbitrarily to halt train operations.

He said that on the night of 8 July, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) C. D. Wickremeratne imposed a Police curfew covering four police jurisdictions in the Colombo District and the railway authorities first decided to cancel all train journeys across the country beginning at midnight on 8 July.

“After our union voiced strong opposition, the General Manager of Railways issued orders restricting regional trains to the Nawalapitiya and Anuradhapura divisions. Although there is some ambiguity in society regarding the imposition of a Police curfew, we protested the complete shutdown of trains in areas where it does not apply. More than 80 train journeys to Colombo from outside the Colombo Division, where a Police curfew was imposed early that morning, were cancelled,” he said.

Speaking further, he said that the station masters on duty at the Anuradhapura, Galle, Matara, Avissawella, and Kandy stations were subjected to severe pressure and their human rights were violated as a result of the trains not running as scheduled in the morning.

By Thameenah Razeek