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* Victimized opposition lawmakers in Sri Lanka ask Speaker to take action over attack on them by ruling party supporters
Fri, Apr 25, 2014, 10:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 25, Colombo: The parliamentarians of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) who came under attack by the ruling party supporters and the Mayor of Hambantota during a visit to the new port and the airport asked the Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa to take action regarding the incident.

UNP MPs Ajith Mannapperuma and Nalin Bandara, who wore black scarves to the parliament today in protest of the attack, raised a parliamentary privileges issue on the incident that took place when a group of UNP MPs visited the Hambantota Harbor and the Mattala Airport on April 17.

The Speaker condemned the attack on MPs yesterday during the parliamentary session and agreed to keep the House informed of the findings of the investigation carried out by the police.

"I am the Sri Lanka Freedom Party organizer for Tissamaharama. I am deeply moved by this unfortunate incident. There were members who accompanied me in those journeys. Members of Parliament have the right to do so. If not there will be no freedom in this country. When MPs visit such locations, the responsibility to provide necessary security and related matters falls on the respective ministers and the heads of the departments," Rajapaksa said yesterday.

Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga making a statement in parliament yesterday requested a Select Committee to conduct the investigations on the attack on UNP MPs Ajith Perera, Ajith Mannapperuma, Eran Wickramaratne, R. Yogarajan and Nalin Bandara who were "intimidated, threatened and abused with extreme foul language by a mob led by pistol-wielding Mayor of Hambantota Eraj Fernando."

The MPs also requested the Inspector General of Police to take action against the police officers who were present during the scuffles but took no action to prevent the attacks.

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said he would direct his attention towards the matter.

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