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The China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation engaged in the extension work on the Matara-Beliatta railway line has sought police protection after a man who broke into the room of one of its employees had slashed him with a knife before getting away on Saturday morning.

Project manager Gu Feng said the company was seriously concerned about the safety of its 2,300 employees of whom 380 were Chinese. He said the employees had been attacked by villagers and underworld gangsters even on previous occasions. Mr. Feng said the gangsters often demanded fuel and those who ignored their demands were assaulted and that the guards from the private security firms were unable to deal with the gangsters.

The latest incident occurred about 4.00 am on Saturday when a 31-year old employee, Zhang Fei who heads the team of surveyors was suddenly woken up to find a stranger in his room. “As there is hi tech survey equipment valued at more than Rs.3.5 million in his room he immediately grappled with the intruder. On hearing the commotion within the room his co-workers broke open the door and came to his assistance by which time the assailant had slashed Mr. Fei with a knife in a failed attempt to get away,” Mr. Feng said. The man is suspected to have entered Mr. Fei’s room through a window.

He was admitted to the emergency ward of the District General Hospital, Matara and had been working on the project since its inception in 2013. The assailant was overpowered and handed over to the Matara Police who are conducting further inquiries. (Priyan de Silva)

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  • Guna Monday, 10 April 2017 02:59 PM

    The next step will be for China to suggest that she supplies her own police to protect their workers, run their projects and have their sovereign compounds. Sri Lanka, once again unwitting pawn in others machination. We have still not learnt a lesson and have not acquired the sophistication to do so.

    ceylon Monday, 10 April 2017 04:37 PM

    give the thug a fitting punishment.without rough punishments criminals do more crimes via DM Android App

    Ajja Monday, 10 April 2017 04:41 PM

    A province infested with thieves

    Krish Monday, 10 April 2017 07:04 AM

    This is a serious matter to be dealt with but on the hilarious side even though China is much powerful thanSri Lanka on a one to one basis a Sri Lankan can intimidate a Chinese.

    toosh Monday, 10 April 2017 09:44 PM

    Dear Brother. This is the nature of the country

    Padmapriya Monday, 10 April 2017 09:42 AM

    i wonder what happen to the country. It is a shame. This is not the Lanka we were grown up in. If the discipline of the public not maintained do not ever expect the country to grow economically pr otherwise.

    silva Monday, 10 April 2017 10:20 AM

    most of the people would guess who did it. via DM Android App


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