Uruwarige Kakula, a veddah from Mahiyangana, on Monday appeared before the Supreme Court, in the conventional veddah attire, of an off white knee-high cloth, bare chest, and carrying an axe on the shoulder.
The veddah was a petitioner in a fundamental rights violation plea. He had said that he was abused by the officers of the Mahiyangana police, because he did not know Sinhala language.
The veddah through his lawyer Ms. Shamila Razoor, told the court that all the officers of the state were inconsiderate of the veddah interests, and that the veddah community had lost faith in the officers serving in that area. The petitioner had said that his community wants to uphold their traditional lifestyles.
The Supreme Court said that Justice Nimal Gamini Amaratunga and State Counsel Parinda Ranasinghe will visit Mahiyangana on April 2, 2005. They will work in collaboration with the Magistrate of Mahiyangana and the police and effect a settlement to the dispute between the veddah and the police.
The bench comprised the Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, Justices Nimal Gamini Amaratunga and Saleem Marsoof.