on HRC office aimed at destroying files, say police
The Police said that last Wednesday’s attempts to set fire
to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) offices were aimed at destroying
sensitive files at the place.
HRC office was ransacked, files pulled out and set on fire last
Wednesday. Police believe the incident took place either late on
Tuesday night or in the early hours of the next day.
HRC Chairperson Radhika Coomaraswamy said she doesn’t know
who could be behind this incident. “I cannot say who is behind
the incident. There were some staff in the building at the time,
but I don’t think they are capable of committing such an act.
At the same time, we are dealing with sensitive issues like extra-judicial
killings. We really cannot comment on it now.”
said all sections were locked but the lock in the section which
deals with educational matters was broken. However, no sensitive
documents were ransacked, she said. “Our files relating to
sensitive issues were not disturbed as they are stored in another
building,” she said.
HRC had appointed an independent internal committee headed by the
HRC Secretary to investigate the incident and review security plans.
The committee was expected to submit a report after two weeks.