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Monday, 29 October 2018 - 19:03
MP Arjuna Ranatunga arrested Petroleum workers call of strike
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MP Arjuna Ranatunga was arrested in connection with the shooting in which a worker was killed at the headquarters of the Petroleum Corporation at Dematagoda.

At the same time, the Petroleum Corporation SLFP trade union called off the strike they launched demanding the arrest of MP Ranatunga.

During the tense situation, 3 protesters were injured when the security of the former minister opened fire.

Later a 34-year old Ranga Rajapakse from Geli Oya, Gampola died of his injuries.

The wife of the victim demanded justice for the death of her husband.

A hospital spokesman stated that another two injured workers were still receiving treatment in the ICU of the Colombo National Hospital.

Workers of the Petroleum Corporation protested when MP Arjuna Ranatunga attempted to enter his office at the headquarters of the Corporation in Dematagoda last afternoon.

Meanwhile, petroleum workers charge that a security guard opened fire on the orders of MP Ranatunga.

Meanwhile, SLFP trade union president, Bandula Saman Kumara stated that legal action will be taken against MP Ranatunga.

At the same time, MP Arjuna Ranatunga was released on a 500 thousand rupee surety bail when he was produced before Colombo Additional magistrate Priyantha Liyanage this afternoon.

In addition, the security guard who opened fire has also been produced before Court and will be remanded until the 12th of November.

 

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