- Requests IGP to investigate and make arrests
- Says incidents indicate a breakdown of law and order
- Stresses need to take action to ensure continued public trust in Police
President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) Saliya Peiris PC in a letter to the Inspector General of Police C.D. Wickramaratne has expressed his concern at the recent spate of shootings and suspicious incidents of dead bodies being washed ashore.
According to sources, the BASL President in his letter noted that the recent incidents have a serious impact on the law-and-order situation in the country and need urgent attention on the part of the Sri Lanka Police.
Peiris highlighted that many of the recent shootings leading to several deaths have taken place in broad daylight on public roads indicating a serious breakdown in law and order. He called on the IGP to take immediate action to make necessary arrests and speedily investigate crimes of this nature.
The BASL President also noted that the incidents of bodies washing up ashore, especially in the vicinity of the Galle Face Green have given rise to fear among some sections of the public, especially in the absence of any explanation by the authorities.
Accordingly, Peiris in his letter has requested the IGP to carry out investigations into these incidents, have the bodies examined by a Judicial Medical Officer and also provide the general public with adequate information in this regard.
Peiris stressed that these issues must be urgently addressed to ensure continued public confidence in the country’s law enforcement and to prevent Sri Lanka’s image from being tarnished before the international community.