Mattakuliya tense again

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By Supun Dias

A tense situation continued to prevail in the Mattakuliya area today after 20 suspects were taken into custody over the clash with the police last night with residents claiming that the police had now resorted to taking revenge.

A mob surrounded the Mattakuliya police station last night to vent their anger after a drug dealer in the area who was arrested ended up in hospital with injuries to his arm sustained while in police custody.

Residents in the area claimed that the police arrested several youth who were not involved in last night’s incident. They also charged that their property was damaged by the army and the police early this morning.

However police spokesman S.P Priyashantha Jayakody denied the allegations saying the police or the army have no reason to damage the property of the area residents. “We sent several teams to bring the situation under control with the help of the army”, he said. 

On receiving information that the drug dealer who was arrested yesterday was injured while in police custody, residents of the area had attempted to attack the police station with clubs, iron bars and stones last night, the police said.

The police claimed the youth sustained injuries when he attempted to break a glass inside the police station.










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  • kasun Sunday, 04 July 2010 11:10 AM

    Api wenuwen api.

    dinesh Sunday, 04 July 2010 11:28 AM

    another Christopher Coke of Jamaica like episode...Sri Lankan version?

    Practical Sunday, 04 July 2010 11:33 AM

    Look at what has happened to all these poor people. But they show what humanity is all about - helping each other at times of calamity. May the real culprits behind this carnage get what they deserve, whoever they are.

    Antony Tuesday, 06 July 2010 08:08 AM

    Thay say the police has gone to the dogs. No way but dogs
    have come into the police.

    Sicillian Sunday, 04 July 2010 12:02 PM

    Pure revenge...I can give 100s of example of police thuggery. Even a book is published and we still remember the police colors in Bamba.

    garawi Sunday, 04 July 2010 12:04 PM

    Drug dealers should be dealth with, I have no problem with that.

    Ellepola Sunday, 04 July 2010 12:44 PM

    Drug dealers should be dealt with severely; they are enemies of the society. Police and Army should deal with the drug dealers, dependants, and their supporters too at all levels may they be from Mutuwal or Colombo 7.

    Roshan Monday, 05 July 2010 05:28 AM

    Drug dealers always look after the people of that area financially, that is why the come for support when they are arrested.

    Amda Monday, 05 July 2010 08:12 AM

    what about the low-lives in the guise of police? aren't they enemies of the society? grow up man!

    Lal Medawatte Monday, 05 July 2010 09:02 AM

    Mr. Ellepola you can deal with drug dealers in accordance with the law of the country. The question is that can you put an end to police thuggery in Sri Lanka.


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