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Diyathalawa explosion report to Army chief

The committee appointed by the Sri Lanka Army to investigate into the recent grenade explosion in Diyathalawa will hand over its report to Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake, this week, Army Spokesperson, Brigadier Sumith Atapattu said.

“The report was to be handed over on March 1, but we faced some technical difficulties, hence the delay,” he told Sunday Observer.

He said these included the need to obtain a court order to get the statement from the party currently in prison, and the need for the medical report on the incident. The statement of the prisoner has now been obtained.

“We conduct a common inquiry in to all areas, including the victims of the incident. We need a detailed medical report on medical category, extent of damage and how this would affect their ability to work in the future,” he said.

Therefore, once the medical report is received, the committee report will be handed over to the Commander, he said.

The five-member committee, headed by Commander, Security Forces – Central, Major General Rukmal Dias, was appointed by Commander Senanayaka to probe the explosion, following the incident.

The explosion occurred in a passenger bus travelling from Jaffna to Diyatalawa on February 21, injuring 19 passengers, including seven Army personnel, five Air Force personnel and seven civilians.