The main opposition UNP and the TNA yesterday warned that the country was plunging towards an era of terror and anarchy, following the recovery of five bodies from a marshy bog at Muthurajawela in Kandana.
While mystery surrounds the deaths of the five victims, it is believed that they had been shot dead elsewhere and dumped in the marsh.
UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told the Daily Mirror the government had failed miserably to provide security for its citizens, and lawlessness was reigning in the country as a result.
Mr. Attanayake said callous disregard for human rights in a democracy could not be condoned at all, and asked the government to arrest the dangerous trend immediately.
`Today, living is a problem and life is uncertain for the people. Abductions and killings are on the increase. The government is giving way to a state of anarchy. The government should remember it is responsible for the safety of people,` he said.
TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said the recovery of the five bodies showed the gravity of abductions and extra judicial killings taking place in the country despite numerous requests made by them to contain the dangerous trend.
The Tamil MP, a member of the civil Monitoring Committee, said hundreds of people were still reported missing, while their families were plunged into a state of fear and uncertainty.
`Today, we received complaints from over 80 families regarding abductions of their members. They have lost the bread winners of their families. There is nothing left for them to do except airing out their grievances to us,` he said.