Residents of Rathupaswala who were victims of an alleged State sponsored massacre in August 2013 called for the institution of a separate case with regard to the police which failed to uphold law and order on the fateful day.

The Criminal Investigation Department recently arrested three soldiers who are alleged to have shot at villagers in Rathupaswela during a protest demanding clean drinking water and calling for the closure of the Venigros glove manufacturing factory which was chemically polluting and contaminating the water in the area.
The shooting left three dead, several others completely maimed, some partially disabled and others still receiving treatment in hospitals.

The army trio who were produced before the Gampaha Magistrate was remanded till April 3 over the shooting which claimed the lives of three prosters. It is reported that the police are also investigating the involvement of Brigadier Deshapriya Gunawardena who reportedly gave the order to open fire.

Gunawardena was subsequently posted as a diplomatic service defence attaché at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Turkey by the then government.

Convener of the Movement, Pramitha Hettiarachchi pointed out that they would be vigilant on how the charges would be framed and filed before the Courts in this regard.