A Civil Defence Force home guard, who is alleged to have assaulted the Ratugala Veddha Chief Danigala Mahabandiyalage Suda Vanniyale Ettho was arrested by the Inginiyagala Police.
The Vedda Chief in his complaint said the home guard had forcibly entered his house, threatened to kill him and severely assaulted him after dragging him outside.
Police inquiries revealed that a dispute was over the home guard preventing the Veddha community from having access to a public well on the land occupied by him.
The constant protest by the Veddah Chief appeared to have irritated the home guard and led to him beating the elderly man. It is alleged that the home guard had demolished a public well on the land and erected a fence around it. (Prasanna Padmasiri)