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Aranthalawa massacre: FR petition seeks probe

A fundamental tights (FR) petition has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking immediate investigations against terrorists responsible for the 1987 Aranthalawa Massacre.

The petition has been filed by Ven. Andaulpatha Buddhasara Thera, who survived the attack.

The Attorney General (AG), Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), and State Intelligence Service (SIS) Director Suresh Sallay have been named respondents of the petition.

The petitioner points out that 31 Buddhist monks and several civilians were killed in an attack by the LTTE on 2 July 1987.
While many terrorists responsible for the attacks are still alive, no legal action has been taken against them, the petitioner said.

The petitioner is seeking a court order on the defendants, so as to launch an investigation against the terrorists responsible for the attack, who are still alive today.

The petition further demands an amount of Rs. 20 million to be paid by the Government as compensation against the fundamental rights violated by the attack.