( December 27, 2013 - Colombo - Sri Lanka Guardian) The wife of irrigation minister, senior SLFPer Nimal Siripala de Silva, says her husband has no powers at least to get a dog locked up by the government freed.
Iranganie de Silva, chairperson of Animal Welfare Trust, claims the 280 dogs captured from Colombo city prior to the CHOGM had been taken in military vehicles to Chilaw and killed.
Speaking to the media in Colombo, she said the Colombo Municipal Council, led by an external power that does not follow orders of even the president, is not allowing at least an innocent animal to live in the city, lankacnews website reports.
A presidential circular issued in view of the Sambuddha Jayanthi bans the killing of dogs, but the CMC is immune to that order, she said.
Mrs. de Silva charged the lady municipal commissioner had deceived her several times when she had gone to meet her, after promising to the Trust to keep all the captured dogs safely and free them after CHOGM.
The dogs had been captured with the involvement of military personnel under the direct mediation of the Urban Development Authority on the orders of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.