Kahawatta supporters attacked; Trincomalee election officials attacked (WATCH REPORT)

Kahawatta supporters attacked; Trincomalee election officials attacked (WATCH REPORT)

Written by Staff Writer

05 Jan, 2015 | 1:41 pm

Gun shots were fired at a group of persons who were engaged in decorating for a rally of Presidential Candidate Maithripala Sirisena in Kahawatta. Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana noted that three persons were injured in the shooting.

The incident took place at around 2  on Monday morning. SSP Ajith Rohana stated that a group of persons who arrived in a jeep fired at the group who were decorating and added that the incident sparked outrage amongst a group of supporters who later vandalised a UPFA office.

The police later dispatched a patrol unit in response to the incident to curtail any further violence that would have occurred as a result. Thereafter, a group of persons engaged in a protest blocking the road.

In more news, the Police Headquarters state that an unidentified group attacked several election officials in Trincomalee. Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana stated that the incident occurred at around 8 on Sunday night when the election officials in question were inspecting a digital screen erected for campaigning activities. He added that they were able to identify two persons involved in the incident.

Meanwhile, an unidentified group attacked an election campaign office of Presidential Candidate Maithripala Sirisena in Galewala. According to the Police Headquarters, 14 government officers including provincial councillors have been taken into custody in connection with instigating election violence. Police Media Spokesperson, SSP Ajith Rohana stated that they have received 320 complaints with regard to election violence. One hundred and thirty five (135) persons have been taken into custody.

Furthermore, CaFFE says that 1,096 election-related incidents have been reported ahead of the presidential polls. Executive Director of CaFFE, Keerthi Tennakoon noted that out of these complaints 116 complaints are in relation to election violence.

The Nation Election Monitoring Centre noted that they have received 256 complaints in relation to election violence. Executive Director of PAFFREL Rohana Hettiarachchi states that 797 complaints have been lodged with the monitoring body on election law violations and election-related violence.

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