Sixteen more suspects have been arrested by police in connection with assaulting three tourist in Haputale.
Two British nationals and Nepal national who were cycling in Haputale were admitted to the Diyathalawa Hospital after they were assaulted by a group of people on Sunday.
Police said the arrested suspects were remanded till June 1 after produced before the Bandarawela Magistrate Court.
Police arrested one suspect involved in the attack on Sunday while another 12 suspects and four suspects were arrested on Monday and Tuesday respectively after integrating the first suspect.
The tourists had arrived in Sri Lanka to take part in a mountain cycling tournament and had been staying at a hotel in Haputale. The foreigners had been on their way to Pitarathmale from the hotel when they were assaulted by a gang, who arrived in three-wheelers.
Police said cycles and mobile phones of the foreigners had been stolen by the gang who assaulted the foreigners with clubs and metal sticks.
Another group of people who were passing by had rescued the foreigners and had admitted them to the Hospital.
Police recovered stolen cycles and mobiles phones from the suspects’ possession.(DS)
Ravi Wednesday, 31 May 2017 09:45
This is heartbreaking to see because of these thugs / gangs our motherland name will be tarnished. We have had more than decades of war and thanks to lot of people Srilanka is coming out of darkest stage and nowadays we hear lots of positive thing's about Sri Lanka. We being in outside Sri Lanka we do our best to promote Sri Lanka and send our Tourist to Srilanka. Maximum punishment needs to be given to responsible parties considering Tarnished our motherland name and hospitality.
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Marcellino Lewis Wednesday, 31 May 2017 11:28
It's a shame
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Sandy Wednesday, 31 May 2017 11:58
These thugs need to be punished severly. The government spends millions to attract the tourists to this country and it is one of the main income. They must be JO supporters trying to sabotage the tourism industry.
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Demo Crazy Wednesday, 31 May 2017 12:37
show no mercy for them. This is country's income. via DM Android App
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Haramanis Wednesday, 31 May 2017 12:55
This is just one manifestation of the malaise setting in under this Govt - deterioration of law and order
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pratheeban Wednesday, 31 May 2017 14:15
So sad to hear this news... Show mercy..
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Foster Wednesday, 31 May 2017 14:42
yes, show mercy to those millions making a living becuase of tourism.
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Lanka Puthra Thursday, 1 June 2017 05:42
Stiffen the sentences for all crimes. Particularly the ones that tarnish the country's name. Let no one be exempt including the Parlimentarians or monks or other religious 'leaders' The minimum sentence should be 2 years in prison and confiscation of all assets by the state. We need to bring back our reputation.
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