Speaker says will have attack on TNA MP probed

By Saman Indrajith

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa told Parliament on Tuesday that he would direct security authorities to conduct an investigation into Monday’s attack on Jaffna TNA MP S. Sridharan at Nochchiyagama.

Speaker Rajapaksa said that he would present a full report on the incident to Parliament soon. The MP was responding to a statement by MP Sridharan in Parliament.

MP Sridharan in his statement said that he was targeted at Nochchiyagama around 6.00 p.m on Monday. "I was on my way from Vavuniya to Colombo to attend today’s sittings in Parliament. A group of persons who came in a white van attacked my vehicle at Nochchiyagama. I narrowly escaped when the attackers had lobbed two hand grenades targeting my vehicle and fired with pistols at the vehicle. The attackers fled when my security guards opened fire in self-defense. I thank the security men who brought the situation under control. The war is over and peace has returned but representatives of Tamil people are not free from threats. This is evidence that real peace is further away. Some of our MPs including Raviraj were assassinated in the same manner. The security provided to Tamil MPs is not adequate and they are vulnerable to attack. I request this August assembly to look into this incident and get the authorities to bring the perpetrators to book," the MP said.

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