Minister of Public Security Prasanna Ranatunga says political parties are usually behind violent protests like the unrest in Rambukkana.
Samagi Jana Balawegaya parliamentarian Rohini Wijeratne questioned speaking to the Minister, said authorities cannot term the incident as use of minimum force, since police chased down protestors and fired at them using live ammunition.
She questioned what punishments the government planned to give officers who misuse their power to open fire on civilians.
Speaking in parliament today Minister Prasanna Ranatunga claimed that the SJB was also a part of the unrest in Rambukkana, if they justified the incidents where roads and railways were blocked by angered area residents.
Minister Ranatunga stressed that the individual who passed away during the unrest was also a part of the violent demonstration.
Also speaking in parliament today, Parliamentarian Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka said he visited Rambukkana to meet the family of the individual who died during the unrest.
He revealed that the deceased individual was a father of two children.
MP Fonseka noted that The Rambukkana police were welcomed by the locals as it was a peaceful protest in the area.
However, Fonseka explained that the villagers itself provided security to the Bowser that was blocking the railway.
He said people were angered due to fuel suppliers hiding supplies, anticipating a price increase.
The parliamentarian claimed that the Kegalle SSP who arrived at the scene intoxicated requested his officers to fire at protestors with rubber bullets, and later proceeded to use live ammunition.
Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka stressed that the government must make changes so that individuals are not caught in the line of fire, unnecessarily.
The MP said those aggrieved must be duly compensated.
He stressed that the SJB will fight for human rights to be upheld in Sri Lanka.