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Govt. attempting to blame May 09 violence on JVP: Vijitha Herath tells IGP

Further to allegations made by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP Arundika Fernando, stating that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) was behind the violence that took place on the 9th of May 2022 at Temple Trees and Galle Face Green, JVP MP Vijitha Herath denied all accusations and appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) C D Wickremaratne to investigate into the accusations.

This was made known via a letter by JVP MP Vijitha Herath to the IGP today (19).

“The statement made by these 150 people that they are members of the JVP is extremely serious as no formal investigation has been carried out to find out the political background of the arrested persons and there is no evidence and is baseless. We strongly state that this bold statement is part of the government’s shameless attempt to place the blame for the violence on the JVP. As the IGP, we expect a speedy explanation from you as this accusatory statement made against our party, which stands for the defense of democracy, is serious. Also, if you provided such information to MP Arundika Fernando, we would like to know whether you have made a special identification of the political affiliations of those arrested in this regard and we request to accordingly take action to place before the country your classification of the political affiliations of all those arrested,” the letter read.

Additionally, the JVP called for a full and impartial inquiry into the early incidents that took place in front of Temple Trees on the 9th and in the Galle Face area on the 9th of May, as they believe that various individuals with evil intentions are now making a futile attempt to impose the entire chain of violence on the JVP.

“As the government is clearly showing a shameless and conspiratorial attempt to hunt down the JVP using the entire chain of events, we further request that a date and time be given to meet you expeditiously to clarify the true situation in this regard,” the letter concluded.