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Police directed to continue probe on Parliament incident

by Sarath Malalasekera

Officials of the Attorney General's Department perusing the three statements of Buddhist monks in connection with the June 8 incident in Parliament has directed the police to continue with their investigations and submit a comprehensive report to the Attorney General for his advice.

Earlier the special police team investigating the incident in Parliament on the direction of IGP Indra de Silva said that the statements of three monks sent to the Attorney General had mentioned names of six Parliamentarians including a Minister and a Deputy Minister.

The three monks are Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka Thera, Ven. Kolonnawe Sumangala Thera and Ven. Akmeemana Dayarathana Thera.

Investigations conducted by Western Province South DIG K.P.P. Pathirana had recorded statements of over 100 persons including a number of Parlimentraians.

The investigators are yet to collect medical reports of the two injured Bhikkus. Specialist Dr. Vajira Tennakoon who is treating Ven. Sumangala Thera had indicated that the abdomen of the Ven. Sumangala had been injured.

The investigators had obtained video footage in connection with the incident in Parliament from Parliament officials and had made a request to the private electronic media to hand over their video tapes to the investigating team.

The Speaker and the Attorney General had directed the police to inquire into the incident and forward a report.

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