Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera has requested the IGP to conduct an investigation via the Criminal Investigations Department against individuals who disrupted the process of distributing fuel from the Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited in Kolonnawa on March 28.
A letter to the IGP notes that a group that engaged in a fast opposite the CPSTL premises forced their way in to the safe zone where fuel distribution was taking place, and chase away the employees.
Noting that the group of had also turned back the fuel tankers that arrived to obtain their consignment of fuel, the minister had further added that an attempt was made o damage the fuel distribution pipes, and the automates system in order to disrupt the fuel distribution process which was declared as an essential services.
The letter notes that among those who stormed the premises were Trade Union Representatives, employees on leave after submitting nominations to contest the Local Government Election, as well as retired petroleum workers.
The Ministwe notes as a result of the act of sabotage the fuel distribution process was disrupted leading to the formation of fuel queues and that legal measures are being taken to recover the losses from the said individuals.