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The police say they arrested seven Ceylinco depositors yesterday for laying siege to the residence of Ceylinco Chairman Lalith Kotalawala and preventing the inmates from leaving the premises.

In a scene similar to that which took place outside the UN compound in Colombo last week, a group of protestors blocked the entrance to Kotalawala’s house and later setup tents outside and staged a protest demanding their money back.

According to the police the protestors who had surrounded the Bambalapitiya residence of Ceylinco Chairman Lalith Kotalawala had blocked the only two doors used to enter the house thus preventing the inmates from coming out.

Following investigations launched by the Bambalapitiya police seven protestors were taken into custody and later released on bail, police spokesman Priyashantha Jayakody said. The Bambalapitiya police are probing the incident. (Daily Mirror online)
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  • Kamalanath Friday, 16 July 2010 05:18 AM

    Government is doing nothing to safeguard the money of these poor depositors. This is the only alternative left for them. In the current context only Ministers can hold protests. Government is safeguarding only the rogues like Kotalawala. News is that Kotalawala has formed 2 new companies. He would have pumped these poor depositors money into them. What a pathetic situation?

    Geronimo Friday, 16 July 2010 02:15 PM

    The Magnificent Seven rides again!!

    Ravana Friday, 16 July 2010 05:49 AM

    SO it becomes clearer and clearer. One set of rules for THEM and another for US.

    These are people ELECTED by US aren't they ?

    Samare Friday, 16 July 2010 05:53 AM

    It is ironic that the SL Government is asking the UN not to have double standards when we in SL see this happening to us everyday. You should practice what you preach.

    modawansa Friday, 16 July 2010 05:54 AM

    Those who follow my foot step should carry "Lemmon Puff" biscuits with them.-Modawansa

    Ibnu Batuta Friday, 16 July 2010 06:07 AM

    Double standard.

    Nim Friday, 16 July 2010 06:16 AM

    Why two different rules for WW and depositers?

    Dharshan Friday, 16 July 2010 03:19 PM

    When WW stages a protest, the government encourages same. When poor depositors claim their hard earned money, the government arrests them. A typical double game!

    citizen1 Friday, 16 July 2010 03:29 PM

    He won't. He will only reappear later to give some garbled up speech and toatlly contrdict himself as usual!

    Dinesh Friday, 16 July 2010 06:33 AM

    Wrong choice. They should have hired WW to lead this protest. Every Tom, Dick and Harry cannot stage protests.

    Roshan Friday, 16 July 2010 06:43 AM

    According our prof GL, peaceful protest can be held, so why are they arresting them?

    horaad Friday, 16 July 2010 06:53 AM

    i dont know why people like kothalawala are set free,,,,

    RZM Saturday, 17 July 2010 01:24 PM

    Unlike the WW, poor depositors are protesting to get their money back. why cant the police allow?

    Gotti Friday, 16 July 2010 08:09 AM

    Its not double standard. Its the injustice being done by the government to the poor depositors.

    Gamini Friday, 16 July 2010 08:11 AM

    People have the right to protest as long as it does not turn into violence.

    Anil Friday, 16 July 2010 08:20 AM

    Kotalawala is free because he did a monetary deal with VIPs.

    Tima Friday, 16 July 2010 08:25 AM

    Kotalawela is a good man. If Kotalawela closes all his companies, half of Colombo will come to the streets.
    There had been misapprpriation under the carpet.
    In order to grab the properties of Kotalawela, the so called elected goverment has pushed Kotalawela to a state where he's strugling to pay. If Kotalawela was paved way to sell his properties and settle the monies he would have happily done that. He was locked up. His properties were ceised and restrictions were imposed on selling them.

    This is just like the Drama directed by the government and staged by Weerawansa. Ceylinco Group drama too was directed by the Government.

    Roshan Friday, 16 July 2010 09:02 AM

    Yes you may be correct, infact Mr. Kotalawela was supporting UNP.

    Tissamaharama Friday, 16 July 2010 09:19 AM

    I am waiting to see how Prof GL Peiris will justify this police action

    Sampath Saturday, 17 July 2010 05:02 AM

    Tima Do you think that GoSL is expert for staging dramas?

    The_Ace Saturday, 17 July 2010 05:07 AM

    exactly how poor should one be to have the money to invest in kothelawala's financial institutes ?
    There were hardly any deposits below a million in those. Poor indeed.

    Senior Citizen Friday, 16 July 2010 11:14 AM

    No he was supporting MR

    Lord Saturday, 17 July 2010 06:16 AM

    You said it correctly, we elect................we can also eject if there is courage

    Ramesh Friday, 16 July 2010 04:53 AM

    Why was WW not arrested for a similar offence?

    Mahen Friday, 16 July 2010 12:45 PM

    Yes that was the reason this administration made sure his companies collapse.

    pandula Friday, 16 July 2010 04:56 AM

    Can police give who arrested when NFF block the UN.

    C J Rajpaksha Friday, 16 July 2010 04:59 AM

    "Disparity"

    bugger Friday, 16 July 2010 05:00 AM

    What about Prof. G.LPeiris s democratic right to protest?


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