The former PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has been accused of sending his supporters to Galle’s face on the 9th of May has said that the protestors have blood on their hands.
He said that ‘there are political forces directing people to violence. Speaking at the condolence vote on the death of MP Atukorale in parliament the former Prime minister said that the murder took place due to the influence of political parties that propagated violence.
“Not only was he stripped and beaten. His body wasn’t allowed to be taken out either. It was also ordered to burn his body on the road,” said Rajapaksa “What did he do to deserve that? Questioned the former Prime minister.
Meanwhile, Prime minister strongly reacted to a comment made Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam who said the houses were burnt down for voting for bills harmful to the country such as the 20th amendment to the constitution and the 2021 budgets.
Prime Minister Wickramasinha said that it was wrong to kill a person because of his beliefs.
“This means that the houses were burnt because of an opposing view,” questioned Wickremesinghe and said that MP Rasamanickam should withdraw his statement by next week or if not the Speaker must investigate the matter by a committee.