President deplores murder of SSP Wijewardena
[August 5, 2005 - 10.30 GMT]
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.
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.
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.
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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Date: August 05, 2005 - 10.30 GMT