Residents of Rathupaswala have called for the establishment of a special commission of inquiry to probe the shooting incident on August 1, 2013 where three people were killed during a protest against water contamination.
The Siyane Water Protection Jana Neguma Movement, which represents the people of Rathupaswala, Weliweriya said even though the government had compensated the victims, no legal action had been taken against the military officers involved in the shooting incident.
The shooting left several others completely disabled, partially disabled and still others receiving treatment in hospitals. The Government recently provided compensation to 33 victims who were affected by the incident.However, convener of the movement, Pramitha Hettiarachchi said they were disappointed that none of the officials involved in the incident were brought to book.
He said that at least an internal inquiry should be conducted into the apathetic conduct of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Senior Deputy IGP and the Rathupaswela Police Officer-in-Charge, at the time.
“We are surprised that despite the presence of the Constitution, civil laws and military laws, the military personnel and team responsible for the massacre including Brigadier Deshapriya Gunawardena, have not been brought to book for their role in these murders,” he said. “There is a Court case regarding this going on for over three years now, and from what we hear it was not until recently that the Attorney General had given advice to the Gampaha Court on how to proceed,” he added. Hettiarachchi further pointed out that the villagers continued to drink water containing a pH value between 2 and 3, which meant that the water was of an acidic consistency.