PM: Those who defended rapists now call for action against underworld


by Saman Indrajith

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament yesterday that it was paradoxical to see the MPs of a party who could not punish their own Pradeshiya Sabha Chairmen who raped and killed innocent women on their watch sometimes back, demanding action against underworld members.

"When the Pradeshiya Sabha Chairmen of your party were on a spree of raping and killing women you were in the government but did nothing. You didn’t do anyhing to prevent that. You protected thieves and maintained underworld members. Now you are questioning. What right do you have to talk against underworld today? The PM asked the protesting

MPs. The Prime Minister said so in response to a question raised by Joint Opposition’s Moneragala District MP Padma Udayashantha Gunasekera. The MP demanded to know from the government its position on the recent media reports that a Minister was keeping five underworld members as his bodyguards.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said that he had instructed police to conduct an investigation into the allegations of ministers obtaining the services of underworld members for their protection.

He said that he had also instructed the police to ascertain the veracity of those media reports and also to find the origin and sources of those reports.

Law and Order State Minister Nalin Bandara Jayamaha said that the government would also inform the country of the lists of underworld members who had attended the weddings of powerful politicians of the former government.

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