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* Sri Lanka Army Court of Inquiry hands over report into Weliweriya incident to Army Commander
Thu, Aug 22, 2013, 10:44 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army Court of Inquiry (CoI) appointed to investigate the army's involvement in the incidents in Rathupaswala and Weliweriya earlier this month has handed over the report on the findings to the Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake late Wednesday.

The five-member Court of Inquiry headed by Major General Jagath Dias has probed the role of the Army troops deployed to assist the police when the police failed to control the protesting residents of Weliweriya and nearby villages on August 1.

The military crackdown on the unarmed civilians in Weliweriya staging a protest to demand the government to provide them with clean water resulted in three deaths, two of them are teenage students, and injured scores of people including several journalists.

Army troops were accused of firing live bullets into the unarmed crowd.

The Court of Inquiry appointed by the Commander of the Army on 2 August 2013, include Major General Jagath Dias (President), Brigadier K.J. Jayaweera, Brigadier N.I. de Silva, Colonel T.D. Weerakoon and Lieutenant Colonel W.P.A.D.W. Nanayakkara (Secretary).

The Court of Inquiry was initially granted a period of two weeks to prepare the report. The CoI later requested more time to prepare a detailed and systematic report.

The Court has prepared a comprehensive report covering all aspects of the incidents that led to the violent incidents in Rathupaswala - Weliweriya, the Army said.

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