Beruwela, Kurunegala, Wattegama attacks signify rising election-related violence

Beruwela, Kurunegala, Wattegama attacks signify rising election-related violence

Written by Staff Writer

23 Nov, 2014 | 10:40 pm

A mere three days have passed since the proclamation of the presidential election. Three incidents of election-related violence have already been reported.

The first incident reported was a clash between a group of UPFA supporters and UNP supporters in Mawathagama, Kurunegala on Friday. No arrests have been made as yet.

The attack had taken place parallel to a felicitation ceremony organised for the Opposition Leader of the North Western Provincial Council, J.C. Alawathuwala, who was appointed the UNP’s Chief Organiser in the electorate.

Our reporter says that while the group arrived in procession to the Mawathagama town, they were disrupted by a group of people near the UPFA office in the town and that they were attacked on their way back.

UNP North Western Provincial Councillor M.S. Perera, who was wounded in the clashes, has been discharged from the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital, after receiving treatment.

One person who was shot and wounded while celebrating the announcement of the common candidate in Maggona, Beruwela, continues to receive treatment at the National Hospital in Colombo. Meanwhile, the home of an Urban Councillor in Wattegama, was attacked on Saturday night. The home of UNP Councillor Dinusha Liyanage in Udurawana, was attacked.

A vehicle belonging to Liyanage was also damaged in the attack.

The councillor and his father were not at home when the attack occurred and the suspects had fled when the residents shouted for help.

While a complaint has been lodged with the Wattegama Police, no arrests have been made as yet.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, commented on the series of violent incidents that transpired within days of the proclamation of a presidential election.

He said, “We do not approve of these attacks..this happens all the time..the police and the authorities should take the necessary steps . However, as politicians we will never approve if another politician is attacked.”


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