Alleged assault prompts tense situation on Kolonnawa UC premises

Alleged assault prompts tense situation on Kolonnawa UC premises

Written by Bella Dalima

02 Aug, 2014 | 10:06 pm

A tense situation erupted at the Kolonnawa Urban Council premises on August 2 after a group of urban council employees alleged assaulted the deputy chairman of the council.

A letter citing that a group of urban councilors had transformed the disposal of garbage at the Meetotamulla Garbage Dump to a racket had led to this alleged assault.

A tense situation erupted when the letter in question was discovered among other documents of the deputy mayor.

Deputy Chairman  of Kolonnawa Urban Council, Suresh Kodagoda expressed these views:

[quote]I was assaulted by a group of employees and the mayor during office hours. These are drug peddlers and thugs who are in the urban council with T56 rifles. I was assaulted while the police looked on. Justice needs to be served. I request the Secretary of Defense to ensure that the people can come and get their work done at the urban council without any fear.[/quote]

Chairman of Kolonnawa Urban Council, Ravindra Udayashantha shared these views:

[quote]This individual has been criticising me and calling me a criminal, drug peddler and a drug trafficker, in order to
obtain power. There was not assault. There will be an investigation. I did not witness an assault .[/quote]

Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said that the Wellampitiya Police has commenced an investigation into the incident.

Meanwhile, Democratic Party – Western Provincial Councilor Susil Kindelpitiya expressed these views in this regard:

“It was reported that an altercation has taken place between the chairman and the deputy chairman of the Kolonnawa Urban Council.  I got word of this situation from various other persons through telephone as well. This is a sad situation. Memebers of the same party who have taken over the administration, tend to clash with each other. What is the fate of the people living in Kolonnawa. Such a situation never took place in Kolonnawa before. Persons representing the Government are those who created such a situation in Kolonnawa. I will put forward a petition to the Provincial Council as a resident of Kolonnawa, to resolve this issue. It seems that the Government is not interested in doing that.”

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