There was no police state during former regime says G.L

G.L-PeirisFormer Foreign Minister G L Peiris there was no “police state” in Sri Lanka during former regime.

He said that isolated incidents did not mean the entire police service could be blamed when Mahinda Rajapaksa was in power.

The former Minister also said that even if there were several accusations against the police when the former Government was in power, it does not justify some of the actions of the police seen recently.

G.L. Peiris accused the police of attempting to suppress investigations into some incidents which occurred after the current Government took office last August.

Peiris drew attention to the incident in Embilipitiya where the police headquarters temporarily transferred several policemen over the death of a youth in the area.

A hartal was staged in Embilipitiya recently over the death of the youth who fell from the top floor of a building during an altercation with the police.

Shops in Embilipitiya were closed and black flags hoisted at several locations as a mark of protest.

The youth had clashed with the police and in the process fell off the building and was admitted to hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

G.L. Peiris said that the police are now operating a police state and that jungle law is being practiced. (Colombo Gazette)

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