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A Matara bound train from Kandy had been blockaded by a group of protesters at the Abeygunawardana Crossing in Matara, the control room said.

Officials at the control Room said that the protectors had blocked the railway line demanding the removal of the bell and light security systems at unprotected railway crossings.

“Protection for the train, the security system had been deployed in the area,” they said. 

“We have installed the best protection system for the safety of vehicles when crossing the railway line,” an official said. 

“Protestors demand to remove the new system and to restore the crossings with bamboo gates so that those who were employed would not lose their jobs,” he said. 

“Walking on railway tracks and crossing at an unprotected crossing is illegal according to the Railways Act,” he said.

“The Railways Department will not accept the responsibility of those who breach the regulation,” the official said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Unchikun Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:48 PM

    Typical behavior of the "So called patriots of the south". I am a regular visitor to Unawatuna and can write volumes on this subject.

    Romantha De silva Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:49 PM

    Are these guys serious. Why do we have Tuk tuks, let everyone go round on a bullock cart. These idiots should be tear gassed

    Chira Fernando Tuesday, 19 March 2019 02:17 PM

    Why dont they ask for steam trains back as well so that more people can be employed to shovel the coal What idiots

    IJAZ Tuesday, 19 March 2019 02:22 PM

    No need of trains. Let's go in bullock carts.

    Elite CMB Tuesday, 19 March 2019 02:26 PM

    So the statement is correct fools are bred in the south

    Asela Tuesday, 19 March 2019 02:29 PM

    since it is south, no comment

    Rukshan Tuesday, 19 March 2019 02:32 PM

    What a shame in our country..

    Karu Tuesday, 19 March 2019 03:23 PM

    Send them to our Universities.


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