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* Petition filed seeking an inquiry into gas cylinder explosion accidents
Wed, Dec 8, 2021, 11:30 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 08, Colombo: A writ petition has been filed in the Court of Appeal seeking an order directing the IGP to conduct an investigation under criminal law into the recent explosions and fires associated with domestic gas cylinders.

The petition seeks an inquiry against Minister of Trade Bandula Gunawardena, State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority, and the Director General of the Sri Lanka Standards Bureau, in connection with the dangerous incidents caused allegedly by the importation of substandard gas into the country.

The petition was filed by Nagananda Kodithuwakku, a civil society activist.

The petitioner states that a number of dangerous incidents have been reported from all parts of the island due to the importation and distribution of substandard LP gas.

Due to this, the petition seeks an order to the gas distributirs, litro and Laugfs to recall the gas cylinders that have been released to the market.

The petition also requested the relevant companies to issue an order restraining the release of gas cylinders to the market until a proper investigation is carried out and safety is ensured.

The petitioner has also requested the Court of Appeal to conduct a formal investigation and issue an order to pay compensation to the families affected by the blasts.

The writ petition is due to be heard by a bench comprising Justices Sobhitha Rajakaruna and Dhammika Ganepola tomorrow.

The Consumer Affairs Authority today ordered Litro Gas, which holds a roughly 80% market share, to recall all unused cylinders issued before Dec. 4.

 

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