Colombo: Sri Lankan police chief Mahinda
Balasuriya on Wednesday resigned taking responsibility for a violent
crackdown on a workers` protest, in which one protester was
killed and more than 200 injured.
The country`s defence ministry, in a statement, said
Inspector-General Balasuriya has quit expressing his
displeasure over the conduct of the police.
The ministry said Balasuriya became the first senior
public official to "voluntarily retire with regard to a
controversial event concerning national security".
Meanwhile, a worker who was seriously injured in the
protest against a controversial pensions bill died, police
Roshan Chanaka, 21, an employee of an Indian owned
company in the export promotion zone at Katunayake was among
the over 200 people injured at the protest.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a one man
committee to probe the incident while police arrested two of
their own men.
The employees were protesting against the
controversial pension bill for the private sector employees.
The bill had proposed taking over the provident fund
savings of workers in the private sector and then paying them
a smaller state pension in retirement.