LRDC launches inquiry into Independence Square couple evictions | Daily News

LRDC launches inquiry into Independence Square couple evictions

 

The security provider for Independence Square, Colombo 7, the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (LRDC) yesterday said it has launched an internal inquiry into the recent couple eviction incident at Independence Square. The incident sparked public protests at the

Independence Square premises on Monday against LRDC security officers.

They recently removed a seated couple at Independence Square after stating they were doing so on the orders of the Cultural Affairs Ministry. The issue received much attention with a video clip of security officers trying to evict a couple from the Square going viral on social media.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had intervened in the matter and ordered the Cultural Affairs Ministry to terminate its contract with the security provider, and remove its Director Operations.

Our attempts to verify whether this order has been carried out by the Cultural Affairs Ministry was unsuccessful as the ministry officials who were contacted by us said that they were only aware of the instructions, but, only Cultural Affairs Minister S B Navinna would know about it. Our attempts to contact Minister Navinna were also unsuccessful.

We were told that he was attending Maha Shivaraththri ceremonies.

Meanwhile, a deputy minister told the Daily News that the contract between the Cultural Affairs Ministry and the LRDC has been terminated by the Land Reclamation and Development Corporation Chairman.

According to a press statement issued by LRDC Chairman Asela Iddawela yesterday, the LRDC's agreement with the Cultural Ministry persists.

Asked by the Daily News if the LRDC had taken any steps to remove the Director Operations of their security service establishment, its Managing Director Bandula Chandrasekera said they had yet to finish an inquiry which they had started on the alleged eviction incident involving the couple.

"We have to ascertain if our security personnel at Independence Square acted in violation of the standing orders issued by the Cultural Affairs Ministry," he explained.

"We are recording statements from our security personnel at Independence Square," he said.

An extensive investigation is being carried out to determine whether its security personnel had crossed their line in carrying out their respective duties at Independence Square," he added. . 


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