AG questions IGP over failure to probe Brandix cluster

Attorney General (AG) Dappula de Livera has instructed the Police Chief to provide an update on the investigations conducted pertaining to the coronavirus cluster that was detected from the Brandix apparel factory in Minuwangoda.

AG’s Coordinating Officer State Council Nishara Jayaratne told Colombo Gazette that the AG had instructed acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) C.D. Wickremeratne to inform him immediately on the team appointed to conduct the investigation.

AG Dappula de Livera issued the directive as it was reported that the Police had not commenced an investigation into the matter as yet, she said.

The Attorney General has further called on the Police Chief to prioritize the investigation as it is suspected that this outbreak has severely affected the livelihoods of the general public and has pushed the nation into a severe health crisis.

The Police Chief has been instructed to immediately appoint a team to conduct investigations into the matter.

Nishara Jayaratne added that he has also been instructed to immediately dispatch the list of names of the officers appointed to the investigation team to the AG.

In October, Attorney General (AG) Dappula de Livera instructed the acting IGP to investigate the spread of the coronavirus from the Brandix factory in Minuwangoda.

The acting IGP was further instructed to submit a progress report on the investigation in two weeks.

Thereafter, a criminal investigation was launched on the Brandix factory in Minuwangoda over the recent coronavirus pandemic in Sri Lanka.

Police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said at the time that a Police team was appointed to investigate the spread of the virus from the Brandix factory.

DIG Ajith Rohana said that the team led by an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) will be guided by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD). (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Brandix responsible for the current COVID-19 situation in the country! Wonder why the authorities are lapsing time in taking action against the company?????


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