Some 34 protesters who were arrested by the police were released on police bail after taking statements regarding the clash which took place yesterday. They were arrested by police after they retaliated to an attempt to disperse them, attacking the police officers with stones.
During the incident two police officers were injured. The police took steps to disperse a group of employees of the Katunayake Free Trade Zone who engaged in a protest yesterday, against the proposed private sector pension bill.
Nearly 350 airmen and policemen were used to disperse protesters who blocked the Katunayake - Negombo railway track protesting against the proposed private pension scheme last evening.
However a group of protesters had reached the rail tracks and laid concrete slabs urging the passengers to get down from their trains. (SD)