The main opposition United National Party (UNP) today called for an international investigation into the Weliweriya incident.
UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that the government was not taking the incident very seriously.
At least 3 people were killed and many injured following a clash last week between the public and the army over contaminated water.
The public had demanded clean water but the protest turned violent when the army attempted to clear the road by moving the protesters away.
“This should not be seen as a small incident. This was an attack on the basic rights of the people. There is a challenge to the rights of the public to fight for their rights,” he said.
He said the government must be transparent in its actions and it cannot remove the black mark resulting from the Weliweriya incident.
Attanayake says if the government has nothing to hide then there should be an independent investigation.
He said that the government cannot conduct its own probe as there is no assurance similar incidents will not take place in future. (Colombo Gazette)