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Mar 13, 2018

SLFP to suspend 2 MPs behind Kandy clashes Featured

A proposal is to be submitted to the next meeting of the SLFP central committee to suspend the party membership of two of its MPs in the joint opposition who are accused of connections to racial clashes in Kandy, ‘Divaina’ reports.

Party seniors are of the stand that the SLFP, which is representative of Sinhala, Muslim, Tamil and other communities, should not be allowed to be branded racist.

SLFP ministers have asked the president to mete out strong punishment to the two MPs if police investigations found them guilty.

At last week’s cabinet news briefing, spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said two MPs were behind the violence in Kandy.

Kandy attacks were organized – PM

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe too, has said most were of the view the Kandy attacks were organized, and stressed the guilty should be punished irrespective of positions.

Paying attention to these allegations, president Maithripala Sirisena has decided to appoint a commission of inquiry, comprising three retired judges, to investigate the incidents.

A statement by his office said the commission would look into the reasons for the clashes, amount of damage to the properties, if it was a conspiracy and to recommend measures to prevent a recurrence.

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