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Nov 19, 2017

‘Gintota incident, a planned political act’ Featured

The Sri Lanka Human Rights Centre says the incident at Gintota recently was a planned political act.

In a statement, SLHRC and CaFFE executive director Keerthi Tennakoon questions the withdrawal of the STF from the area, which he claims, had allowed the attack to happen.

The government has to enforce the law by deed, not by word, he stresses.

Tennakoon alleges a politician of Galle had instructed the removal of the STF, after which the attack occurred.

He questions the appointment of a Buddhist monk of a temple, where the attackers had gathered, as chairman of the subsequently-appointed ‘peace committee.’

Rather than a Sinhala-Muslim clash, it was a political clash in the run up to the local government polls, according to him.

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