The United National Party has condemned the arrest of a trade union leader who voiced genuine concerns about fuel reserves in the country.
Earlier today, the Chief Secretary of the Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Ananda Palitha was taken into the custody of the Criminal Investigation Department.
He was taken into CID custody this evening to record a statement, over a recent claim he made at a media briefing of an impending fuel shortage.
Issuing a statement, General Secretary of the UNP Palitha Range Bandara said the move is a threat to freedom of expression which is ensured through the Constitution.
He said the CID was swift to react on a statement made by a trade union leader who made his concerns known to the public about a fuel shortage and over the purported misuse of CPC funds by the Subject Minister to renovate an official residence.
The UNP General Secretary said citizens should be able to raise their concerns without being subject to harassment.
Following the statement yesterday, long queues were witnessed at filling stations.
The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation subsequently last evening confirmed that sufficient stocks of fuel are available at storages to meet the demand for a month.