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Members of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) had opened fire and had run amok at an election office of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna in Maneragala, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said at a hurriedly organised media briefing in Colombo a while ago.

This is the first instance of firearms being used in election related violence in the run up to the forthcoming Uva Provincila Council elections.

The gang had ransacked the platform set up for the political rally to be addressed by party leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake later today, he said.

Silva said the gang had opened fire at its offices set up lawfully to coordinate the election in the district, “This is a clear act of intimidation. Creating a fear psychosis and violence would deny campaign rights for the opposition,” he said.

Mr. Silva said a Police complaint had been lodged in this regard.

“We found empty cartridges within the premises of our office in Moneragala,” he said.

“The UPFA gang were outsiders as identified by our party members who were at the scene. The unruly gang came in Land Rover Defender vehicles which are normally used by defence authorities.    

“They have destroyed the decorations made by us for the rally. After that, the gang ran amok firing gunshots in the air to intimidate supporters,” Silva said.


  Comments - 12

  • Janaki Kalansuriya Tuesday, 26 August 2014 08:43 AM

    Lets see what our Police Media Spokesman and the Elections' Commissioner have to say to this!! These probably are all fabricated stories.

    sobers Tuesday, 26 August 2014 08:53 AM

    No respected person would encourage such violence acts, which are against democracy. Very disgusting and one could wonder where we are heading for! You must win through democratic means and not through violence, bribes and any other fraudulent ways.

    sukirichuti Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:10 AM

    Elections in Sri Lanka is a farce. Now it is not a free and fair election. The elections now being conducted cannot be called a franchise. The elections are only an eye wash because the party in power uses the state machinery to the maximum and added to that even the Election Commissioner also aid and abet the party in power. Therefore this is not democracy and it is an utter waste of public money.

    The God Father Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:24 AM

    I hope and pray that JVP wins this election to provide a CM from it's party.

    sarath Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:09 AM

    JVP will futehr strength , from this kind of kawedly attacks

    lakdasa kaviratne Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:09 AM

    Well! Well! so copies of yester years are replayed. so, these are the politics in SRI LANKA. brunt of the whole soggy politics on UVA. THE CRY OF MOTHER SRI LANKA HORRENDOUS! VENERABLE PLEASE SPREAD THE PEACE YOU PROMISED.

    Bala Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:18 AM

    The Police will catch the most difficult criminals but never these as they are govt inspired.

    Chandra Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:47 AM

    This is the super Democracy in Sri Lanka. This country is the one of the best Democracy in the world. Miracle of the World.
    wish you all the best Sri Lanka.

    bernard Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:30 AM

    I seem to remember vaguely that JVP brought the UPFA to power.

    kp Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:43 AM

    and the public voted for them in the last few elections, including the one you speak of: what''s your point?

    The sri lankan public has become masters of the "api nemei" excuse. No one votes for these parties, they just walk into parliament on their own

    mount Tuesday, 26 August 2014 08:40 PM

    Message to JVP dont go over limit

    Peace Loving Citizen Wednesday, 27 August 2014 09:58 AM

    Do we call this democracy? I am sure Police will find this was done by JVP to tarnish the image of UPFA. A member of JVP will claim soon they did it. This is a normal practice.

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