ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s private bus owners have complained to the UNHRC and the European Union about allegedly not receiving any insurance payment or compensation for buses that were torched on May 09 when mob violence erupted across the country.
“Nearly 50 buses were burnt down. We informed the the police chief several times. We lodged complaints as bus owners as well,” Private Bus Owners’ Association President Gemunu Wijeratne said speaking to reporters on Thursday August 25.
“We also applied for insurance.
“But we still haven’t received compensation,” he said.
Wijeratne said the association have formally complained to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRCH) and to the EU, asking for justice.
“This is a very unfortunate situation,” he said.
Mob violence erupted across Sri Lanka on May 09 after a mob of government supporters launched an unprovoked attack on peaceful anti-government protestors. Buses suspected of carrying the attackers that day were rounded up by angry mobs and some buses were set on fire.
The residences of several parliamentarians were also torched.
One government MP was killed along with his bodyguard. (Colombo/Aug25/2022)