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Thursday, 17 May 2018 - 11:17
Chairman & Deputy Chairman of Weligama Pradeshiya Sabha arrested
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The Chairman of Weligama Pradeshiya Sabha, Pushpakumara Bettage along with 8 others were arrested yesterday (May 16), after they surrendered to Weligama police, in connection to the tense situation which erupted during the opening of the Weligama, Polathumodera bridge.
 
Police said that the Deputy Chairman of Weligama Pradeshiya Sabha as well as 6 councillors, are representatives of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.
 
Meanwhile, two other Pradeshiya Sabha councilors who were previously arrested in connection to the same incident are being held in remand custody.
 
The 9 individuals who will be produced before Matara Magistrate later today, are accused of interfering with police duties and disrupting public peace.
 
Prior to the opening ceremony of the bridge on 11th of May, which was held under the patronage of Minister Sagala Ratnayake, a group of councillors from SLPP including the Chairman of the Weligama Pradeshiya Sabha had allegedly created a tense situation there.
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