Stating that Mr. Sripathi Sooriarachchi s widow had voiced suspicions regarding the manner of her husband s tragic death, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe called for an inquiry into it, in Parliament, yesterday.
Mr. Wickremesinghe made this call when Jaffna District MP K. Sivanesan (TNA) raised a privilege issue, alleging that he had been harassed by security forces personnel, on the A9 highway, while he was on his way to Colombo on Tuesday. He said that he had been held for an hour and sniffer dogs had been used to check his vehicle
The Opposition Leader pointed out that several MPs, including M/s Joseph Pararajasingham, Raviraj and T. Maheshwaran had been killed, but no proper inquires had been made to bring the culprits to book.
In addition to all this, Mr. Sooriarachchi s wife has expressed suspicions regarding his death an inquiry should be held into this, he said.
Chief Government Whip Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, who responded to Mr. Sivanesan s complaint, said that vehicles which come from Kilinochchi had to be subjected to security checks, as arms and ammunition which are used to cause destruction in the south are brought from this LTTE controlled area.
He also explained that even ministers vehicles are subjected to security checks when they come to Parliament.