Tensions after accident involving EU convoy

Pic of the UN vehicle (Courtesy Army media)

A vehicle which was part of a convoy with a visiting European Union delegation (EU) met with an accident in Vandaramulla, Batticaloa this evening killing one person and injuring two others.

The office of the Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan said that a vehicle with a UN flag had met with the accident killing one person near a house on the road and injuring two others.

A spokesman at Chandrakanthan’s office told the Colombo Gazette that the UN vehicle was accompanying the EU convoy when the accident took place.

The EU parliamentary delegation was visiting the Eastern Province as part of their tour to Sri Lanka and had just had meetings in Batticaloa and were returning to their hotel when the accident took place.

A tense situation later developed in the area as a result of the accident as angry area residents attempted to vent their anger on the accident at the EU convoy.

Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, who is currently in Colombo, had contacted top police officials in Batticaloa and asked them to provide maximum security to the EU delegation.

The delegation was taken to the hotel and given security, the spokesman said. (Colombo Gazette)