|A politcal thug|
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday condemned the attack on a group of United National Party (UNP) parliamentarians, who were on a fact finding tour in Hambantota. JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath claimed the attack was not carried out by the masses, but by Madamulana thugs.
“Parliamentarians are people’s representatives. Therefore, any attack against parliamentarians is an attack against the public. This incident is a clear example of the jungle law prevailing in the country,” he said.
Herath noted that MPs are entitled to visit any State institution and study the progress of development projects which were carried out and Opposition MPs are not an exception to that entitlement.
He claimed that so far the police had not been able to arrest single person over the incident.
“Sri Lanka is a Commonwealth country and we are bounded to protect values and principles of the Commonwealth. Particularly, the President being the chair of the Commonwealth, we are bounded to protect human rights. However, instead of protecting human rights we are experiencing human right violations,” he added.
On 17 April, five UNP MPs, Eran Wickremeratne, Nalin Bandara, Ajith Mannapperuma and Ajith P. Perera and R.Yogarajan, who visited the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) and Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port (MMRP) came under attack. Hambantota Mayor Eraj Fernando had allegedly led the attack against group of MPs at the MMRP.