HR Commission summons IGP and Army Commander

May 10, 2022 at 10:33 AM

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has issued a summons on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) C. D. Wickremeratne and the Army Commander of Sri Lanka General Shavendra Silva. 

The HRCSL said the IGP and Army Commander have been summoned to the Commission on Thursday, the 12th of May.

They have been summoned to explain why they failed to maintain the rule for the incidents that took place during the unrest that broke out in Sri Lanka on Monday (9).

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Parliament has requested the President to convene Parliament immediately. The Parliament has been adjourned until Tuesday, the 17th of May 2022.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has made the request in order to convene the members of Parliament to discuss the current situation in the country.

Also, the Parliament is vested with powers to appoint a new Prime Minister, in place of Mahinda Rajapaksa, who tendered his resignation from the post yesterday.

The Speaker has also called for a special party leaders’ meeting to be held at the Parliamentary Complex at 03 pm tomorrow. 

The meeting is set to focus on the current political crisis and the unrest that broke out in Sri Lanka yesterday.

Unrest broke out after Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) supporters attacked peaceful anti-government protesters at ‘Myna Go Gama’ at the Temple Trees and ‘Gota Go Gama’ at the Galle Face Green in Colombo. 

The attacks took place following a meeting between the SLPP supporters and former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees last morning. 

The Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, Sri Lanka Army, and other law enforcement agencies were called in to control the situation and Sri Lanka Police eventually imposed an island-wide curfew to control the unrest.

Despite the curfew, the attacks led to unrest breaking out across the country with the angry public torching several vehicles and residences of SLPP politicos or those linked to the government throughout last night. 

At least 07 people, including a Police officer, have died, while over 220 people have been injured in the unrest. (NewsWire)