Lanka trade union asks to make clash report public

Last Updated: Monday, August 8, 2011 - 21:41

Colombo: The main trade union of an
investment promotion zone in Sri Lanka has asked the
government to make public an investigation report on a major
clash between employees and the police in May that had claimed
one life.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had appointed a one man probe
committee of the retired judge Mahanama Thillakaratne to
investigate the incident in which over 100 people had been

A 22-year-old man was also killed in the police firing on
thousands of workers protesting proposed pension bill.

Thillakaratne presented his investigation report to
Rajapaksa last week.

"We have doubts about the independence and the
transparent nature of the investigation," Anton Marcus, the
Joint Secretary of the Free Trade Zone & General Services
Employees union, said and asked the government to make the
report public.

Marcus said during his testimony before the
Thillakaratne commission he had given details of those who
were responsible for the incident.

"I would be very keen to see if my observations are
recorded in the report".

The police conduct during the demonstration led to
the resignation of the then police chief Mahinda Balasuriya.

The workers were opposing the pensions bill which sought
to convert the employees` provident and trust fund
contributions to a small monthly pension.

The bill has since been put on hold by the


First Published: Monday, August 8, 2011 - 21:41

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