A.c. Shahul ahmeed
Colombo—Sri Lanka’s Law and Order minister Sagala Ratnayake walked out of a press conference when asked about the role of the military intelligence in the ongoing unrest and tension in the Jaffna Peninsula in the Northern Province. The minister was at the weekly press briefing held at the parliamentary conflex to give the police version of events leading to the killing of two Jaffna University students and the subsequent unrest’ After repeating the police version thst they fired in the air after the students riding a motorbike with a small 100 cv.c. engine failed to stop at a police check point, the minister faced a barrage of queries on the credibility of his information.
The minister has said that the police were on an operation against motor cycle gangs in the peninsula when the incident took place. When asked about claims from local residents thsat the motorcycle gangs were indeed active in the peninsula and that they were allegedly operated by onits of the military intelligence, the minister decided to leave the packed press conference in a hurry. Journalists also asked the minister how the rider was shot in the chest and the head if the police were firing in the air.