Police clash with Ratugala Veddas

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Ratugala Vedda Chief Suda Vannilyala Ettho, his wife, a child and a police constable were injured in a clash between a group of the Vedda community attending a function at the Vedda Chief’s house and the police on Wednesday night.

The Vedda Chief, his wife and the child were admitted to the Bibile Base Hospital and the police officer was admitted to the Inginiyagala hospital.

Police said a group of individuals of the Vedda community chased after them and assaulted them when they carried out a raid on a house in the village on information that a gambling den was being conducted there.

However the Vedda Chief said four police officers from the Ratmalgaha Police Post stormed his house when about 40 people were attending a birthday party of a child at his house and assaulted them after disconnecting the power supply.

His wife D.M.B.Wimalawathie said the house was in the dark after disconnecting the power supply and that one of the police officers attempted to take her by force to the jungle while another assaulted the men.

Vedda Chief’s daughter D.M.B Sudarma said they were celebrating the birthday of her child when the police officers entered the house disrupted the function and assaulted those present. A police team under OIC Inginiyagala police T.M.B. Magedaragama is conducting further investigations. (Prasanna Padmasiri)

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  • Perera Friday, 25 March 2016 07:39 AM

    Changing and changed culture for good or bad for Veddhas. It's pity that They are Veddhas only for name sake now.Sad.

    mnsmart Friday, 25 March 2016 08:14 AM

    Police should be polished urgently

    Citizen Friday, 25 March 2016 08:50 AM

    Our Police is corrupt to the core. Whatever it is a genuine and a thorough investigation should be done by an independent group. via DM Android App

    Perumal Friday, 25 March 2016 09:20 AM

    Veddah chief's wife DMB; their daughter also DMB; It shows the priority status given to women in their community

    ANTON Friday, 25 March 2016 10:02 AM

    POLICE HURAALA APEY KAKULIYANTA ATHA POJJA THIYENAWA EHEMA NEMEY .......

    Ben Friday, 25 March 2016 10:02 AM

    Oh what a sad incident. May be this is the standard practice of the Sri Lankan police.

    Sharon Friday, 25 March 2016 10:06 AM

    Seems Rathupaswala is better via DM iOS App

    eds Friday, 25 March 2016 10:14 AM

    kohedha yanne malle pol !

    eds Friday, 25 March 2016 10:15 AM

    world's newest police state in action !

    Rohan Saturday, 26 March 2016 08:37 AM

    Are Police have authority to raid any premises without courts or magistrates warrant? If so it is a violation of fundamental rights of the citizens of the country.

    Lal De Mel Saturday, 26 March 2016 08:54 AM

    President or Prime minister should protect the rights of the Veddah Chief and the Veddah communities and not allow police to breakup their functions. via DM Android App

    kumar Friday, 25 March 2016 11:17 AM

    Utter stupid ignorant comment. Are you still following your ancestor still now?

    Mojo Friday, 25 March 2016 11:23 AM

    We should polish our police, so they will look very clean as solid aluminium.

    manu Saturday, 26 March 2016 09:52 AM

    When there are parties and celebrations there are police attacks. This has become a habit. Because the SL police want katukambi.

    The God Father Friday, 25 March 2016 12:13 PM

    Isn't it better for the Police to obtain Chief Vedda's permission to raid one of their people's place? This incident should be thoroughly investigated.

    DAMIAN Friday, 25 March 2016 02:01 PM

    Police looking for free alcohol

    Onlooker Saturday, 26 March 2016 11:29 AM

    Citizen Perera has now become cronic

    Ahamed Friday, 25 March 2016 02:29 PM

    did you just say "disconnecting power supply ?"

    Onlooker Saturday, 26 March 2016 11:31 AM

    They do this only for the sake of liquor.

    Mohana Prabath Saturday, 26 March 2016 02:15 PM

    Sri Lanka Police is THE WORLD'S DIRTIEST POLICE.


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