June 03, Negombo: The police had shot at the workers protesting at the Katunayake free trade zone (FTZ) on Monday (May 30), a Sri Lankan court was informed today.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) investigating the clash between the FTZ workers and police had told the Negombo Magistrate that police had shot at the workers from three different directions.
The FTZ workers were protesting against the proposed pension scheme for the private sector.
A 22-year-old FTZ employee who received gunshot wounds due to the shooting died later in the hospital.
Sri Lanka’s police chief IGP Mahinda Balasuriya stepped down in the aftermath of the clash.
Negombo Chief Magistrate A. M. N. P. Amarasinghe had ordered to further remand the suspects, Seeduwa OIC, Chief Inspector, R. M. Ratnayake, and OIC of the Environmental Unit, Inspector K. L. Ranasinghe who were taken into custody for their alleged involvement in the shooting of FTZ workers in Katunayake.