The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has launched an investigation into water cannons and tear gas being fired at a group of peaceful protesters adjacent to Elphinstone Theatre in Maradana on Friday night.
The Human Rights Commission said a team visited the scene to conduct initial investigations since the incident was reported.
A preliminary report in this regard is due to be handed over to the Commission tomorrow (6).
The Commission said investigations will continue on the findings of the report.
A group of social activists and civil organisation representatives held a protest and also engaged in a sathyagraha campaign in opposition to the large sum of money spent on the 75th Independence Day celebrations.
An unrest broke out after another group visited the protest site.
Subsequently, Police fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse the group on Friday night.
Three persons who were arrested during the unrest were released on bail yesterday after being produced before the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court.