The residence of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress MP M. S. Thowfeek in Kinniya has been attacked by a group of residents following the ferry mishap in which six were drowned.
The MP's house was severely damaged in the attack.
Six passengers including four students were drowned and 20 others were hospitalised after a passenger ferry capsized in the Kurinjankerni lagoon in Kinniya this morning.
Police Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said that a 30-year-old woman, her 6-year old son and 3-year-old girl were among the dead.
Two girls in the same family and a 70-year-old man also died in the tragedy.
The rescued were admitted to the Kinniya and Trincomalee Hospitals.
The spokesman said five girls and four boys were among those 19 receiving treatment at the Kinniya Hospital.
A 6-year-old girl is receiving treatment at the ICU at the Trincomalee Hospital.
The Navy and the Police launched a search operation to locate the missing persons soon after the incident.
The ferry was being used to transport people due to repairs being carried out on the Kuringankerni Bridge in Kinniya.
Police said a tense situation prevailed in Kinniya following the tragedy.
Residents in the area staged a protest claiming that the authorities had not implemented a proper programme to prevent such accidents during development projects.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)