By Chaturanga Samarawickrama
SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara yesterday denied allegations claiming that he was involved in taking six suspects on bail, who were arrested during the tense situation that prevailed in Hettipola, Kurunegala.
Speaking to the media at the SLFP Head Quarters yesterday, he said that he went to the scene, not to appear on behalf of the arrested individuals, but to control the situation.
“I have no connection with the arrested individuals. The tense situation was created after the suspects were transferred to the Hettipola Police station from Bingiriya,” he said.
“The incident had occurred in Bingiriya. The suspects who were involved in the attacks creating a tense situation, had been arrested by the Bingiriya Police and later were transferred to the Hettipola Police Station. The tense situation began from there,” he said.
“When I visited the Police station, the place was under siege by more than 3,000 people. They had broken into the Police barricade. I went to the Police Station and explained the situation to the Police OIC and transferred the suspects to the Bingiriya Police Station.I did so in order to bring the situation under control.However, rumours were spread claiming that I was involved in bailing out the suspects,” he said. A group of drunkards had attacked two boutiques in Kuliyapitiya. The suspects apprehended over this incident had been released, while the residents were on their way to the police station. When there was fighting among this group as a peoples representative I could not just wait.
When I visited the police station Namal Kumara was also there. I asked him why he came and instructed him to immediately go away. He went away.
I took the six suspects in my jeep and handed them to the Bingiriya Police. I did not make any intimidation to the OIC. You can verify this from him.
When I visited the Police station, the place was under siege by more than 3,000 people. They had broken into the Police barricade