A tense situation was reported at the archeological site where the hot water springs are located in Trincomalee after a group of protesters led by TNA MPs S. Sridaran and S. Yogeshwaran attempted to forcibly enter the site in protest of a Dagabo being constructed at the site.
The people who visited the hot water springs were trapped for several hours after the police closed down the entrance roads with barricades.
Security in the area was strengthened with additional STF and army personnel and anti-riot squad being deployed in the area to control the situation.
The protesters said there had been a Shiva Devalaya close to the place where the Dagabo is located.
The police had obtained a court order banning any protests in the area after realizing that two groups were organizing protests.
However, the protesters attempted to forcibly enter the site despite the court order which led to the tense situation. (Amadoru Amarajeewa)