TNA seeks probe into woman's death
The smooth sittings that continued in the House during the budget
debate were disturbed yesterday following a protest by Tamil National
Alliance (TNA) members before the Speaker demanding an inquiry into the
death of a 20-year-old woman in Punkudutivu, Jaffna.
Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara suspended sittings for 10 minutes as the
TNA continued the protest following TNA Parliament group leader R.
Sampanthan's special statement on the killing.
The protesting MPs also demanded that the Government should take
disciplinary action against Police and Security Forces personnel who
dispersed those who protested in Jaffna against the woman's killing. The
TNA Members started the pr The Speaker was compelled to suspend the
sittings as TNA Members continued their protest disregarding his request
to allow Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake to express his views on
The Speaker called for a party leaders' meeting after suspending the
sittings for 10 minutes. The TNA MPs stopped the protest when the Prime
Minister assured that he would give them a reply after consulting
President Mahinda Rajapakse.
The TNA called upon the Government to immediately remove from service
the officers-in-charge of the Armed Forces units where several incidents
have occurred, to withdraw Armed Forces from civilian inhabited areas
and to take disciplinary and legal action against members of the Forces
responsible for the incidents.