Sri Lankan Minister calls for independent inquiry into the death of Tamil propagandist Isaipriya
Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), which is part of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance here, has written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, calling for an independent inquiry into the death of Tamil propagandist Isaipriya.
According to a statement put out by the EPDP on Sunday, the video clip with footage of Isaipriya in captivity and then, dead, has agitated the Tamil people. An independent inquiry, the statement said, would not only bring out details of the circumstances of the young propagandist’s death, but also provide an answer to various concerns and suspicions pertaining to the final stages of the war.
On Sunday, Channel 4, the British television channel which made news for its production Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, released ‘No Fire Zone’ a documentary on final stages of the civil war. The documentary drew a lot of attention from across the world, including in social media.
Actor Hugh Grant’s tweet from the handle @HackedOffHugh, which said ‘Reeling from #NoFireZone. Credit to Ch4.’, got re-tweeted multiple times, drawing further attention to the documentary.
The Sri Lankan army has maintained that the production was a Channel 4 “fabrication” and that it had no truth in it. Sri Lankan army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya told The Hindu that the television channel had purposely come up with this just weeks ahead of the Commonwealth Summit to be held in Sri Lanka to dissuade the United Kingdom and India from attending it.
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