CaFFE lodges first complaint against police inaction

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) lodged an official complaint with the National Police Commission yesterday (13) requesting an impartial and transparent investigation into police inaction which it alleges increased the intensity of recent communal clashes in Kandy.

Writing to Mahinda Moragolla, Director of Public Complaints Investigation Division, Executive Director of CaFFE, Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon has said their observers on the ground reported police inaction during the first few days during communal riots in Kandy.

"This was visible on March 04 when violence first broke out and the Police failed to disperse a mob which had come there from other parts of the country, to Digana and Theldeniya. It again failed to control the violence on March 05 and 06 when attacks took place during police curfew at Ambatenna and Menikhinna."

CaFFE’s observations were confirmed by the statement MPs such as Ministers Rauff Hakeem, Lakshman Kiriella and Abdul Haleem and MP Dilum Amunugama made subsequently, Tennakoon has said in his complaint.

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