Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekera says the Criminal Investigation Department did not question individuals who threatened teachers who were against the ongoing strike action, based on his needs.
Making a special statement at the Department of Government Information the Minister said he strongly rejects allegations levelled against him by various factions regarding the CID questioning several individuals engaged in the strike action.
He noted teachers lodged a complaint with the CID over receiving death threats for engaging in teaching, adding they were accordingly summoned to the CID for questioning.
He added no politics was involved in the matter. Minister Weerasekera stated any individual can engage in the strike action as it is a democratic right.
He however said a majority of teachers engaged in the strike action are not doing so voluntarily.
He therefore urged teachers to resume teaching activities, by keeping children and their future in mind.
Minister Weerasekera also stated that obstructing duties of a state official is a crime that is punishable with rigorous imprisonment.
The Minister revealed that academic activities of all schools in the Eastern Province as well as private and international schools are ongoing at present.
Minister Weerasekera said therefore only children attending government schools in the Southern Province are burdened by the strike action.