He said that all this happened within the framework of ‘operational duty’ and that he is not perturbed by it.
‘All communities are with (support) the Army. I know that skulls were cracked, that ears were split (blows on the ear), but this doesn’t bother me. I will not punish anyone. All this happened within the framework of operational discipline.’
He added that he had explained all this to President Maithripala Sirisena in a 45 minute discussion and that the President did not ask my ‘why was it done in this way?’
The Army Commander however acknowledged that four soldiers who were on leave had taken part in the violence and that they would be duly sacked.
The Commander made these comments at a ceremony to open a new accommodation complex for other rankers at the Regimental Headquarters of the Gemunu Watch in Kuruwita, Ratnapura.