Second Sri Lankan dies after troops fire on villagers

COLOMBO, August 3, 2013 (AFP) – A second Sri Lankan protester died from wounds suffered when troops fired on villagers demonstrating against contaminated water supplies, police said Saturday, as tensions remained high in the area. Dipped Products Ltd, a publicly quoted company that maintains the manufacturing plant, said Friday it was confident the water issue was unrelated to their operations but were cooperating with authorities “for an early settlement of the matter”.

Security forces were standing guard at the plant on Saturday.

Sri Lankan authorities are under separate pressure from Western powers to deliver on promises to investigate allegations of war crimes and ensure ethnic reconciliation more than four years after militarily crushing Tamil separatists.

Last month, EU lawmakers urged Colombo to ensure accountability in the face of what the UN calls “credible allegations” that up to 40,000 civilians were killed during the final battles in 2009. Heavily armed police and Special Task Force commandos were still in the the village of Weliweriya following Thursday’s shooting and locals reported people were fearful of leaving their houses.

“People are afraid to go outside of their houses because of the securit