Sri Lanka’s Free Trade Zone employee’s funeral before scheduled time

June 04, Colombo: Sources from the funeral house arranging the funeral ceremony for the Free Trade Zone employee who was killed in police fire said the funeral of Roshen Shanaka Ratnasekara was likely to take place earlier than scheduled time today with military intervention.

The remains have now been brought to the Galloluwa Catholic Church in Minuwangoda for funeral arrangements before the scheduled time, sources said.

The Army and the Special Task Force (STF) had been deployed to ensure security at the funeral, police said.

The Employers’ Federation has granted permission to the employees to attend the funeral today. Large crowds are reaching to Minuwangoda to pay last respects to the slain youth. However, there are measures to prevent them from paying last respects, unconfirmed sources said.

According to Daily Mirror, Shanaka’s family has obtained a court order from the Minuwangoda Magistrate to conduct the funeral in privacy without the interference from political parties.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Inter Company Trade Union Wasantha Samarasinghe says that the union has decided to name May 30 of each year as the Roshen Shanaka Memorial Day.

Roshen Shanaka was killed on May 30 when the police fired at protesters who were agitating against the private sector pension scheme.

Samarasinghe says that Roshen Shanaka has become a symbol of lives given in the struggles for the workers’ rights.

However, victim’s brother has asked all political parties not to use his brother’s name for opportunistic political needs.

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