President deplores murder of SSP Wijewardena

[August 5, 2005 - 10.30 GMT]

President Chandrika Kumaratunga has denounced the unfortunate shooting incident in a barber saloon in Innuvil, on Thursday, the 04th of August 2005 involving two Army personnel, which tragically led to the killing of an employee of the saloon and the consequent killing of the Superintendent of Police, Mr. Charles Wijewardena. President Kumaratunga has expressed her deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Charles Wijewardena.

The President learns that the two armed Army personnel involved in the incident acted in contravention of military regulations on several counts. The President has directed the military and police authorities to conduct a full and comprehensive investigation into this incident. This uncalled for incident caused a violent reaction from the residents of the area leading to the killing of Superintendent of Police, Mr. Charles Wijewardena. He was an officer who was held in high esteem by the Police Department and the public.

The President is perturbed by the frequency of these provocative incidents during the past several weeks. These incidents seem to be deliberately contrived by extremist elements to invite reprisals leading to the escalation of the conflict situation prevailing in the North and East. President Kumaratunga has directed the Service Commanders and the IGP to be vigilant and to take the strictest action against all persons engaged in provocative actions.

The Government remains unremittingly committed to ensuring the safety and security of every citizen of all communities living in Sri Lanka and will not tolerate any insidious attempts by disruptive elements to create communal disharmony. This Government will not waver in its abiding commitment to ensure that law and order is maintained throughout the country.












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Last Updated Date: August 05, 2005 - 10.30 GMT


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