The Lawyers for Democracy organisation claims the death of a protester in Police gunfire, is indication of maximum force being exerted by authorities and not minimum force.
Speaking to media in Kandy member of the organisation senior attorney Lal Wijenayake said Police must follow a number of legal provisions when using maximum force to control the public.
He said Sri Lanka Police was established to protect peace in the country and not to declare war.
Wijenayake added the Police is required to take certain measures to protect peace claiming it is clearly stated in the law that officers must comply with many rules prior to resorting to maximum force.
He said Police can only use maximum force when urgently required, and that too, officers are expected to fire warning shots below the knee.
However, Wijenayake said the individual in question was shot in the stomach.