Sept 11, Colombo: The Attorney General today filed indictments in the Rathupaswala shooting case, before the Trial-at-Bar at the Gampaha High Court, the Coordinating Officer of Attorney General Nishara Jayaratne said.
The Attorney General filed 94 indictments against the defendants Brigadier Anura Deshapriya Gunawardena and three army soldiers in connection with the fatal shooting of three protesters and assault of several others during a protest demanding clean drinking water.
On August 01, 2013, the Army, shooting at the protesters, who were demanding clean drinking water, fatally shot two students, Akila Dinesh and Ramila Ravishan, and another youth Nilantha Pushpakumara. Another 26 including several journalists were injured in the shooting. The shooting incident gained wide publicity internationally as well as locally.
Considering a request by the Attorney General for a three-member High Court bench to hear the case, the Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya has appointed a Trial-at-Bar comprising High Court Judges Menaka Wijesundara (President), Nimal Ranaweera and Nishantha Hapuarachchi.