Several people affected by the recent riots in Aluthgama and Beruwala have filed fundamental rights petitions alleging that the police had failed to carry out their duties to prevent the riots from taking place.
They are seeking the Supreme Court to direct the Police Chief to formulate instructions and guidelines to prevent people from spewing out hate speech and prevent ethnic unrest.
The petitions were filed through Abdeen Associates. The petitioners had narrated several incidents that created the environment for the riots to happen and alleged that the police had failed to take appropriate action as required by law.
They cited Police Chief N.K. Illangakoon, Senior DIGs Anura Senanayake and R.W.C.N. Ranawana, Law and Order Ministry Secretary Nanda Mallawarachchi and the Attorney General as respondents.
They said on June 15, two radical anti-Muslim groups announced that a meeting was to be held at Aluthgama and on this particular day the police had not only failed to prevent the attacks but had demonstrated a lethargic attitude in investigating the attacks.