Written by Zulfick Farzan
07 Feb, 2022 | 5:03 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st); MP Arundhika Fernando’s son and 8 other suspects, arrested for assaulting university students were granted bail by the Wattala Magistrate’s Court on Monday (7).
The suspects were arrested in connection with the incident where a group of 4th-year students attached to the Ragama Medical Faculty was assaulted on Wednesday (Feb. 2).
Secretary to the Ministry of Coconut Industries has instructed officials to conduct a preliminary investigation into the incident where a vehicle belonging to the Coconut Development Authority was allegedly used to carry out the assault at students of the Ragama Medical Faculty.
Secretary to the Ministry, Tissa Hewawitharana said the Coconut Development Authority has been informed to submit a report in this regard, adding that the car used in the attack belonged to the Coconut Development Authority.
He further noted that the driver of the vehicle was not a driver attached to the Coconut Development Authority, but a personal staff driver of the State Minister.
Arundika Fernando also resigned from his position as the State Minister of Coconut, Kithul, and Palmyrah Cultivation Promotion and Related Industrial Product Manufacturing & Export Diversificationon Thursday (03).
Previously, the State Minister said that if the incident with regard to the assault on Ragama Medical Faculty students was proven to have a connection with him, he will resign from his position.
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