The opposition United National Party (UNP) claims, based on reports received from Rathupaswala in Weliweriya, over seven people had been killed during the clashes last week.
According to official figures 3 people had died as of today and at least two others are in critical condition.
UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera said that according to reports, six people had died by yesterday and that figure rose further today.
He said not only did the government give bullets in place of water for the public in Weliweriya, it is now trying to hide the truth from the people and the world.
“I would like to tell the Rajapaksa regime not to deceive the people and the world anymore and reveal the true figure on the number of deaths,” he said.
He said the government must respond to the question as to who gave the orders for the army to be sent in and use live bullets when it was a civil issue which should have been controlled by the police. (Colombo Gazette)