Navy instructed to open a camp near Hambantota port

The Navy has been instructed to open a Navy camp near the Hambantota port, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.

The Prime Minister said this after meeting Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne today.

The Navy Commander submitted a report on the recent incident at the Hambantota port to the Prime Minister at Temple Trees.

Speaking to the media later, the Prime Minister said that the Chinese company with which Sri Lanka is to sign an agreement on operating the port, had requested that a Navy camp be open near the port for security reasons.

The Prime Minister also said that the port was a high security zone and a journalist had entered the premises without proper clearance.

The journalist was seen being assaulted by the Navy Commander last Saturday in the port premises when he was covering the protest by port employees.

The Prime Minister said the journalist had filed a complaint over the alleged incident at the wrong police station.

He said the complaint was filed at the Tangalle police station when it should have been filed at the Hambantota police. (Colombo Gazette)

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