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Written by Amali Dissanayaka Category: News
Published on Monday, 05 August 2013 20:37 Hits: 465
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Rathupawala 5 410px 04-08-1National human rights commission says that the police has the authority to call military assistance to preserve peace in certain circumstances.

However, president of the commission, former Supreme Court judge Priyantha Perera told BBC Sandeshaya that the commission has decided to hold an inquiry on whether the the Army had used excessive force in suppressing the protest in Waliweriya.

He said that the commission has to find out whether there was any actual necessity for the police to call military assistance.

He further told the media that the army and the police have been ordered by the commission to produce the relevant reports within 2 weeks.

However, Mr. Perera accepted that no one is legally bound to execute the recommendations of the commission.

The secretary of the HR commission Mr. Nimal Punchihewa (AAL) told that the commission has also decided to investigate whether the Heyleys factory in Rathupaswala actually pollutes the drinking water in the area.

Mr. Punchihewa is a person who has also been appointed by the President as the chairman of Land reform commission.

Meanwhile, the dean of the law faculty in KDU, HR commissioner Dr. Prathibha Mahanama Hewa  said that they too have decided to hold an inquiry on the Thursday shooting and that 26 ministries including the defence ministry will be summon to it today (05).


He said that the water problem of the Rathupaswala residents will also be discussed there.

He also said that the initial on the field report prepared by 5 senior investigators of the commission will be presented in the discussion.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 20:37

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