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Thursday, 17 July 2014 - 13:09
Update : Disappointed UNP MP's return from Sapugaskanda.

The Disappointed UNP MP group who went on an inspection tour of Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery returned to Colombo as they were denied entry by certain trade unionists.

10 UNP MPs including Ajith P Perera, Iran Wickramarathna and Dr. Harsha de Silva joined the inspection tour this morning.

Before the tour started, the MP group had a lengthy discussion with Petroleum Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardana, the Corporation Chairman and the Managing Director over the halt of Sapugaskanda Refinery operation and the burst on a hose on the Calm Buoy.

Later the MP group sought the assistance of an engineer to visit the refinery but the Corporation Chairman requested the MP’s not to visit the refinery.

When the MPs arrived at Sapugaskanda, the refinery gates were closed and a group of workers had pasted anti UNP posters and started a protest despite a court order obtained by police.

Update : Thursday, 17 July 2014 - 07:28 PM
UNP MPs denied entry to Sapugaskanda

The UNP MP group visiting the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery has been denied entry to the factory premises.

Our situation reporters said the main gates of the refinery were closed preventing the MPs entering the factory.

Later a group of workers who closed the gates started a protest inside the factory premises.

UNP MP Ajith P Perera who is among the visiting MP group confirmed that their group is intimidated.

Update : Thursday, 17 July 2014 - 13:18
Protest against UNP visiting MP's at Sapugaskanda - Police obtain court order.

A group of UNP MPs are currently engaged in an inspection tour of Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery.

Before their visit to Sapugaskanda, they had a discussion with the Petroleum Corporation Chairman at the latter’s office in Dematagoda.

During the meeting, the MPs informed the Petroleum Corporation Chairman that they want to visit the Sapugaskanda Refinery.

Meanwhile a group of workers of Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery are staging a protest against the visit by the UNP MPs in front of the factory entrance.

At the same time the Sapugaskanda Police OIC has obtained a court order to prevent any untoward incident or destruction to property.

According to the court order given by the Mahara Magistrate, police will arrest persons who try to break law and order in the area or try to damage or destroy property.
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