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Court orders investigation into Rathupaswala youth’s death

(UDHAYAM, COLOMBO) – A Sri Lankan Court on Wednesday (17) ordered an investigation into the death of a protester by the Army firing during the Rathupaswala incident in 2013.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Police received permission from the Court on Wednesday to take statements from the three Judicial Medical Officers who conducted the post mortems of the three individuals shot dead by the Army during the protest.

The Gampaha Chief Magistrate D. A. Ruwanpathirana ordered the Judicial Medical Officer Ajith Thenakoon who conducted the post mortem of Kavishan Perera in Chilaw to investigate the place where the youth’s death took place again.

The three soldiers who have been arrested over the three deaths have been further remanded till the May 31.

The Army shooting at the protesters on August 01, 2013 resulted in three deaths, two of them teenage students, and injured 26 others including several journalists.

The shooting incident gained wide publicity internationally as well as locally when the Sri Lanka Army fired at unarmed civilians staging a protest demanding the Government to provide them with clean water and close a rubber glove factory alleged of polluting the ground water in the area.

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