Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, yesterday (09) claimed that the then government had thwarted plans to set fire to 100 houses belonging to lawmakers on May 10 2022 following goon attacks on protesters at Galle Face.
Dr. Rajapakse said that timely issuance of a directive to the armed forces to shoot-on-sight had prevented organized attacks on the second day.
The Minister told Parliament that a list of 100 houses had been prepared to be set on fire on May 10 and some SJB MPs and political leaders were on top of this list.
“Having received the information, we informed the Defence Secretary and urged him to order the armed forces to shoot on sight. They carried out three shootings. One in Rathgama, another two in Angoda and Pitakotte. Otherwise, at least more than 100 houses would have been set ablaze,” he said.
The Minister said houses and offices of SLPP MPs had been destroyed.