HRC summons Ragama Hospital directors

By Manopriya Gunasekara

The Human Rights Commission has summoned two top officials of the Ragama Teaching Hospital on complaints that they obstructed the duties of human rights officials probing last Monday’s Katunayake attack in which one Free Trade Zone worker was killed and more than 250 were injured.

HRC Chairman Priyantha Perera, a former Supreme Court Judge, has summoned the hospital’s director Dr. U.L.R.H. Perera and deputy director Dr. Champa Aluthweera to appear before the commission tomorrow to explain why they should not be reported to the Supreme Court. HRC officials who visited the hospital had not been granted permission to speak to the workers injured in the Katunayake police attack.

They had met the deputy director of the hospital and sought permission to meet the victims. In turn the deputy director had called the Director, but permission was not granted. The deputy director is also reported to have avoided telephone calls from the officials of the commission.

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