02 June, 2011 - Published 13:54 GMT

More protests at Katunayaka

Employees, trade unions, non-governmental organisations have staged several demonstrations in the Katunayaka Free Trade Zone (FTZ) area in protest against the death of 24 year old FTZ worker, Roshen Shenaka.

Roshen Shenaka who was critically injured during the clash with police on Monday succumbed to his injuries Wednesday evening at the Ragama General Hospital.

Large crowds gathered to pay last respects to late Roshen Shenaka at his house in Galoruwa, Minuwangoda.

Our Chilaw correspondent, Prasad Purnimal Jayamanne said that there were government and opposition politicians among those gathered to pay last respects on Thursday morning.

Massive protest

Over three thousand demonstrators including FTZ employees, employees from other institutions outside FTZ and members from trade union and NGOs participated at a massive protest held near the airport junction at Katunayaka, he said.

There were also protests organised by Women’s Associations, our correspondent, Prasad Purunimal Jayamanna said.

The protestors shouted slogans demanding the government to immediately arrest those responsible.


On Wednesday two police officers involved in the Katunayaka crackdown were arrested by the police.

The protestors say it is only a ‘fraud’ and ask for a proper investigation.