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Sunday, 21 January 2018 - 21:48
Tense situation in Kataragama, 63 protestors arrested
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Police have fired tear gas and launched batton charges once again this afternoon to disperse the crowd protesting in front of Kataragama police against the death of a Kataragama resident by police fire.

Police said that 63 protestors including 48 men and 15 women were arrested.

Our correspondent said that Police STF teams continue to ensure security in the area.

Residents in the area engaged in a protest since this dawn, after a motorcyclist died after he was shot at by police for disobeying orders.

The motorcyclist who had been travelling from Kataragama towards Wadahitikanda was shot at around 11 pm yesterday (Jan. 20).

Police said that the motorcyclist had disobeyed orders when a police constable and a CDF officer who were patrolling in Kataragama last night, had signalled him to stop the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist who sustained critical injuries was admitted to Kataragama hospital for treatment and later succumbed to injuries.

The pillion rider has also sustained injuries as a result of the motorbike had toppled.

The deceased was a 25-year-old father of one who was a resident of Nagahaweediya in Kataragama.

Meanwhile, the police officer who opened fire at the victim was arrested today and was remanded until 30th of this month.






The residents charge that the police are not interested in having an impartial inquiry into the incident and even had removed the motorcycle of the victim from the road without even having an initial probe.

Meanwhile, the IGP has sent a team from the Criminal Investigation Department to the area.
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