Aug 30, Gampaha: Residents of the Weliweriya village in Gampaha district have re-started their protests demanding clean water and closure of the factory that is at the center of the controversy.
Ven. Theripaha Siridhamma Thero, the Buddhist monk, who held a fast previously over the alleged contamination of water in Rathupaswala area in Weliweriya by the effluents of the factory, handed over a petition to the UN office in Colombo complaining that the investigations into the incident of Army firing on protesters on August 01 is not carried out properly.
Meanwhile, a group of residents and the Thero have again commenced a fast-unto death campaign today protesting the re-opening of the factory and demanding solutions for the water crisis.
As the case filed by the residents against the Hayleys Group's Dipped Product factory was heard today the counsels appearing for the company said they intended to re-commence the production since several authorities have reported the factory was not the cause for the acidity of the water in the area.
Gampaha Additional Magistrate Heshan de Mel permitted the factory to re-commence production.
The Magistrate cautioned all parties to exercise caution and not repeat the incidents that happened on August 1.
However the counsel for the residents informed the Court that the residents will take legal action if the factory reopens.
Three persons including two students died when the security forces opened fire to control the protesting residents on August 01.
The Army meanwhile, relieved four senior officers of their duties, pending investigation over their involvement in the incident.