July 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka major opposition United National Party (UNP) MP Palitha Thewarapperuma says he had decided to resign from his post in parliament in protest of the failure of police chief to prevent the communal clashes in two coastal towns last month.
When the Sinhala-Muslim clashes erupted in Aluthgama and Beruwala in June, Thewarapperuma blamed the police and the police chief for their inaction in controlling the clashes which ultimately killed four people and injured scores while damaging property belonged to both Sinhalese and Muslims in the two towns.
MP Thewarapperuma was also attacked by the mob at Welipenna in his Matugama electorate when he was involved in rescuing Muslims who were under siege from the extremist Sinhala mob. He received injuries to one of his eyes and to the headand his vehicle was badly damaged in the attack.
The MP at a media briefing on June 22 vowed to resign if the Police Chief IGP N.K. Ilangakoon failed to accept responsibility and resign from his post. Since the IGP has not resigned, the UNP legislator has decided to keep his end of the deal.
Thewarapperuma said he will hand over his resignation letter to the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe tomorrow (July 08) and it will be Wickremasinghe's responsibility to make a decision on the resignation.