Lankapage Logo CP 22 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* BASL warns President of serious consequences of clashes between security forces and civilians at fuel stations
Mon, Jul 4, 2022, 11:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 04, Colombo: The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) Monday has sent a letter to the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa warning of the serious consequences that could arise as a result of clashes between civilians and the armed forces or the police at petrol stations.

Whilst keeping in mind that the police and armed forces are acting under very trying circumstances, the Bar Association has expressed its gravest concerns at the current situation at fuel stations throughout the country and the reports of several incidents of conflicts between civilians and members of the police force and the armed forces at fuel stations

"Your Excellency is no doubt aware that thousands of desperate civilians are waiting in queues at hundreds of fuel stations in the country. The queues are kilometers long. The tension at the fuel stations have arisen from this desperation for which there is no immediate solution in sight,” the BASL wrote to the President.

Asking the President to take measures to alleviate the situation, the BASL warned the President of the imminent dangers this situation could give rise to resulting in a conflagration between civilians and members of the armed forces or the police.

The BASL recalling that some years ago, confrontations between members of the public and the armed forces resulted in the deaths of civilians, said such incidents between the members of the armed forces or the police and the civilians will discredit Sri Lanka’s armed forces and the police.

The BASL called upon the President to take all necessary steps to give instructions to the Defense Secretary, the Commanders of the Tri Forces and the inspector General of Police to ensure that there is an immediate de-escalation of the situation in different parts of the country — especially at fuel stations - understanding the difficulties faced by public.

“Whilst keeping in mind that the police and armed forces are acting under very trying circumstances, nevertheless it is necessary to give strict instructions to the police and the forces to desist from violence in dealing with the public and to act with utmost restraint,” the BASL said.

The Bar Association also called upon the President to ensure that steps be taken under the law to deal with errant officers who have subjected civilians to such violence.

The BASL emphasized that the Sri Lanka Army and other service personnel must be deployed only in very limited circumstances as contemplated in the Criminal Procedure Code.

“The BASL is of the view that it is not appropriate for service personnel to be deployed in the present manner in matters which essentially should be managed by the Sri Lanka Police. The Armed Forces should also not be used to disturb or hinder peaceful protests as was seen last week in Galle.”

The Bar Association said the ultimate solution to the situation at fuel stations is to be transparent with the public and to ensure an equitable and effective system of fuel distribution throughout the country.

 

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Full commitment of the public service is essential to an independent judicial process, state officials informed
-- [2 hours ago]
Power cuts extended from tomorrow after Norochcholai breakdown
-- [4 hours ago]
SLC Executive Committee sends LOD for Rs. 2Bn to Arjuna Ranatunga for making ‘derogatory’ remarks
-- [4 hours ago]
Committee on High Posts approves the appointments of five Secretaries to Ministries and one Ambassador
-- [4 hours ago]
Three locally produced medicines released to the market
-- [5 hours ago]
S&P Global downgrades Sri Lanka Bonds to ‘D’ after missed payments; sovereign ratings affirmed
-- [6 hours ago]
India and Sri Lanka are two sides of the same coin, have to build on the commonalities – President
-- [6 hours ago]
India hands over gifted Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft to Sri Lanka
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka signs agreement with World University Service of Canada for 7-year Volunteer Cooperation Program
-- [8 hours ago]
Aragalaya activist Dhanish Ali granted bail

Copyright © 2000, 2020 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.