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Sri Lankan police record 59 statements during investigation of Vijayakala Maheswaran’s speech

Sri Lanka’s Organised Crime Prevention Division (OCPD) announced that it had taken 59 statements from various individuals with regards to a speech made by United National Party parliamentarian Vijayakala Maheswaran.

Ms Maheswaran was forced to resign her ministerial post after she faced a backlash from Sinhala politicians including from within her own party, for reportedly calling for a resurgence of the LTTE to tackle the rising gang violence in the North-East.

The OCPD announced that 59 statements had been recorded by the Sri Lankan police, including from 14 government officials and 30 media personnel who were present at the speech in Jaffna last month. The OCPD report has now been submitted to Sri Lanka’s Attorney General.

The investigation by the OCPD began after the National Organiser of Sinhala Ravaya, a Buddhist monk named Magalkande Sudantha, lodged a complaint with regards to the speech.