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Parliamentary committee to stem growing violence

Plans are afoot to set up a Parliamentary Steering Committee comprising representatives from all the political parties to curtail the growing incidence of violence in the country.
The plan is a sequel to repeated appeals by several members of the civil society to stem violence and bring the perpetrators to book.
A delegation led by National Peace Council (NPC) last week met Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa at Temple Trees and requested that a Parliamentary Steering Committee be set up.
NPC general secretary and Peopleís Alliance for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) chief Kingsly Rodrigo who led the delegation said the request was honoured by the Presidentís advisor and added deputy defence secretary Willie Gamage has already been instructed to facilitate this process.
The Steering Committee according to Rodrigo will have powers to question the police and the armed forces regarding any offence. Rodrigo said this exercise was mainly to reduce the surge in violence in the country and especially to completely put an end to the abductions and killings.

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