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Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 9:01
UPDATE: Video : CEA says the rubber factory was not the cause of reduced PH levels of Thun-naana water.
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Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana says security has been further beefed up in Tun-naana in Hanwella following yesterday’s violence.

The SSP said that besides police deployment, STF officers have also been stationed in the area.

Our area correspondent reported that the area remained calm today and the routine operations of the rubber factory against which the residents staged a protest were carried out smoothly.

The case filed against this factory by a group of residents will be taken before the Avissawella Magistrate tomorrow.

Meanwhile the Borella Police OIC who died during operation duty in Tun-naana yesterday was posthumously promoted to the rank of SP.     

Meanwhile, the Central Environmental Authority issuing a notice regarding the violence that took place yesterday said that the controversial factory has been operating under the approval of the BOI since 2001.

Tun-naana residents charged that the PH level of ground water in the area has reduced due to toxic waste of the rubber factory.

However Central Environmental Authority Director General Saranga Alahapperuma denied the allegations and said that tests conducted so far have revealed negative results.



UPDATE : Monday, 17 March 2014 - 07:22 PM
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JVP gives a tip-off to police over Hanwella incident


The JVP stated that it is ready to provide a tip-off over the violent incident took place at Tunnana in Hanwella yesterday.

During a media briefing held in Colombo this morning, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva expressed these views in response to the statement made by Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana yesterday.

The Police Media Spokesman said yesterday that police received information of an organized group which had allegedly aided and abetted the clash at Tunnana in Hanwella.

UPDATE: Monday, 17 March 2014 - 12:51
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IGP goes to Thun-nane in Hanwella: security beefed up further

The Police said the CID had taken over the investigations in to the incident of Hanwella unrest where an OIC was injured and died.

Police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said 500 personnel including those from the Special Task Force have been deployed at Thunnawa in Hanwella.

IGP N K Ilangakoon also visited the Thunnawa area yesterday and instructed senior police officers regarding steps that need to be taken to consolidate security in the area.

Yesterday police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse an unruly crowd protesting against a factory in Thunnane, Hanwella by blocking the High Level Road.

Residents were demanding the closure of a rubber factory that they claim pollute the water in the area.

 Update: Monday, 17 March 2014 - 8:15
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Borallea OIC dies when a tree cut down by protesters in Hanwalla fell on him. CID to investigate the incident.

The office-in-charge of the Borella Police Station, Chief Inspector Prasad Siriwardena, who was injured due to the violence at Thunnane on High Level Road this morning succumbed to his injuries.

The police officer was injured when a tree cut down by angry protesters reportedly fell on him, during the protest staged by the residents of Hanwella area today.

He was admitted to the Avissawella Hospital where he succumbed to injuries.

Earlier today police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse an unruly crowd protesting against a factory in Thunnane, Hanwella by blocking the High Level Road.

Residents were demanding the closure of a rubber factory that they claim pollute the water in the area.

Colombo DIG Sumith Edirisingha and Senior DIG of the Western Province Anura Senanayaka also arrived at the scene.

A heated conversation took place with the Residents of the area and Senior DIG of the Western Province Anura Senanayaka.

Police media spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana 47 persons involved in the protest were arrested.

SSP Ajith Rohana stated that invetaigations are handed over to the CID and CID officers have been deployed to the Hanwalla region.



 Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 7:17PM
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OIC Boralla dies


OIC- Boralla Prasad Siriwardana succumbed to his injuries at Awissawella hospital after a tree fell over him during the Hanwalla protest.




Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 1:26 PM
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Police fire tear gas and water cannon to control Hanwella protest; Borella OIC critically injured; 6 more Police officers in hospital

OIC of Borella Police was hospitalized after a tree that was cut by unruly protestors in the Thunnana area in Hanwella who were protesting against a factory in the area, fell on him.

Awissawella Hospital sources stated that the condition of the Borella OIC was critical.

6 more Police officers have also been admitted to the Awissawella Hospital.

The abdomen and spine of the Borella OIC Chief Inspector Prasad Siriwardana were damaged after the tree had fallen on him.

Residents launched the protest stating that waste water and smoke emitted from a factory was a threat to their health.

Police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protestors after a heated situation occurred following the arrest of some of the protesters who had blocked the road.

Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana stated that tear gas and water cannon had to be fired to control the unruly protesters.

He also stated that over 20 persons who were obstructing the road were taken in to custody.


Update: Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 12:58 PM
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Police fire tear gas at protest along Highlevel road; Borella OIC hospitalized


Police have fired tear gas and water cannon to disburse unruly protestors in the Thunnana area in Hanwella.

Meanwhile, OIC of Borella Police was injured as a tree that was cut by protesters had fallen on him.

Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana stated that 20 persons have been arrested for obstructing the road.


UPDATE: Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 10:25 AM
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20 arrested over protest along Highlevel road


Traffic congestion was reported along the Highlevel road due to a protest by residents in the Thunnana area in Hanwella against a factory in the area.

Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana stated that 14 persons have been arrested for obstructing the road. Residents launched the protest stating that waste water and smoke emitted from the factory was a threat to their health.
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