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* Sri Lanka's Speaker asked to hold formal inquiry into the attack on main opposition MPs
Sun, Apr 20, 2014, 01:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has requested the Speaker of parliament Chamal Rajapaksa to hold a formal inquiry into the attack on five UNP legislators during an inspection tour in Hambantota.

Acting UNP Leader Karu Jayasuriya has made this request on behalf of the UNP MPs from the Speaker.

Jayasuriya told the media that a meeting is to be held tomorrow (21) at UNP headquarters Sirikotha to discuss the further course of action to be taken by the party with regard to the attack.

He said that the UNP viewed the attack with great seriousness.

Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga will make a statement in parliament on Thursday and each of the five MPs who were subject to threats will also raise a privilege issues in the House.

UNP MPs Ajith P. Perera, Nalin Bandara, Eran Wickramaratne, Ajith Mannapperuma and R. Yogarajan, who were on an observation tour to the Mattla Airport and the Hambantota Harbor on April 17, came under attack from a mob, who claimed to be defendants of the ventures.

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