June 04, Minuwangoda: The remains of the Katunayake Free Trade Zone (FTZ) worker who died following injuries sustained during a clash between workers and police officers, was buried today in Minuwangoda amid heavy security.
Sri Lankan army soldiers enforced heavy security during the funeral of 21-year-old Roshen Shanaka at the Galoluwa Church cemetery in Minuwangoda, about 25 miles northeast of Colombo.
Shanaka received gunshot injuries at a protest held Monday in Katunayake Free Trade Zone against the government proposed pension scheme for private sector. He succumbed to his injuries at the Ragama Hospital on Wednesday evening.
The funeral arrangements were carried out according to a directive issued by the Minuwangoda court following a request made by Roshen Shanaka’s family.
However, controversy surrounded the burial today when a group of forces personnel together with a few family members had tried to bury the body hours before the scheduled time of the burial at 3 pm.
The aim was to conclude the funeral before large crowds gathered to the burial site.
Finally, the family members agreed to carry out the funeral arrangements as previously planned.