July 17, Colombo: The Mahanama Commission Tillekeratne report on the killing of Roshen Shanaka and the attack on the protesters at a demonstration at the Katunayake Free Trade Zone six years ago has been officially handed over to the mother of the victim.
The report has recommended to implement the rule-of-law sternly against the persons involved in the attack without considering the post or status of the officials or other reasons.
The report was compiled by former High Court Judge Mahanama Tillekeratne after probing the killing of free trade zone (FTZ) worker, Roshen Chanaka on May 31, 2011 during a protest by FTZ workers.
The protesting FTZ employees clashed with the police on May 30 and in the ensued melee Factory worker Roshen Shanaka was killed when the police opened fire at the demonstrators. Over 300 FTZ employees sustained injuries and some of them have become disabled permanently.
The FTZ workers protested against the proposed private sector pension plan which they alleged would result in the former government plundering into funds of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF).
The Mahinda Rajapaksa regime had been accused by the clergy as well as civil and human right organizations following the incident.
A special commission headed by the former High Court Judge Mahanama Tillekeratne was appointed to inquire into the incident and submit a report. The report was handed over to the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2011 but it was not released.
Presidential Secretariat today handed over the Mahanama Tillekeratne Commission report officially to the mother of Roshen Shanaka heeding a request made her to President Maithripala Sirisena. It was made possible by the Right to Information Act introduced by the present government.
According to the Mahanama Tillekeratne Commission report actions should be taken all senior police officers and other policemen who were involved in the incident for the purpose of protecting the image of the government.
The Commission also recommended to grant adequate compensation for all those who sustained injuries and hospitalized after the incident.