Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) has written to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) and European Union (EU) seeking their intervention, in taking action against burning of and damage to buses on 9 May after the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) supporters attacked GotaGoGama protesters.
Speaking to Ceylon Today after handing over the letter to the UNHRC and EU in Colombo, LPBOA Chairman Gemunu Wijeratne noted that this should be considered a terrorist attack as most of the buses were attacked while being parked away from crowds.
He added that around 50 buses were set ablaze and damaged completely or partially.
“Our members had rented out their buses to transport people to Colombo. They always rent out buses to any party, company, or individual for events, on top of daily passenger transportation as part of their livelihood,” he added.
He lamented that a bus is currently worth over Rs 10 million, but the buses are insured for a lower value based on conditions due to passenger transportation.
“Most bus owners’ solitary income source is the revenue generated from their buses. They are now helpless and have difficulties even sending their children to school. Still nobody has offered them any assistance or due consideration to recover the damages,” he said.
He further emphasized that LPBOA expects the kind intervention of the UNHRC and the EU to do justice to the bus owners who had to face an unfortunate situation and are struggling for find income for their survival.
By Nabiya Vaffoor