ECONOMYNEXT – A report on the violence that rocked Sri Lanka on May 09, already handed over to President Ranil Wickremesinghe on September 08, will be submitted to the cabinet of ministers and to parliament soon, a government statement said.
The official government online news portal News.lk reported Tuesday September 27 morning that State Minister of Defence Premitha Bandara Tennakoon had said that steps will be taken to “inform the cabinet and the parliament about it in the future”.
Tennakoon had made this announcement at the first meeting of Ministerial Consultative Committee on Defence which he chaired on September 23.
The committee comprises former Navy Commander Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karnagoda, former Air Force Commander Marshal of the Air Force Roshan Gunathilake and former Army Commander General Daya Rathnayake (retired). State Minister Tennakoon was quoted by News.lk as saying that “measures will be taken in the future” if any lapses were discovered to have been made by the security forces in connection with the incidents of violence on May 09.
Defence Ministry Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne (retired) has said at the meeting that the law will be strictly enforced against those involved and those who supported these violent incidents.
Sri Lanka made international headlines on May 09 after an unprovoked attack on peaceful anti-government protestors launched by supporters of then Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa triggered a wave of retaliatory mob violence around the country. Houses and offices belonging to various government MPs were torched and several people were killed, including one MP.
Tennakoon said at a separate press briefing on Monday that protestors in Sri Lanka must obtain prior approval from the police six hours ahead of a demonstration.
He said no party or group can be allowed to act irresponsibly and break any law that exists to maintain the peace.
“The government acts with great responsibility in this regard,” he said.
Otherwise, he said, a “frightful anarchic” situation will be inevitable with a return to violence.