Magistrate inspects clash site

The Gampaha Magistrate today inspected the site of the violent clashes in Weliweriya.

The Magistrate had later ordered the police to instruct the public to appear in court on August 8 if they want to make statements on the incident.

Meanwhile government parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa visited the Gampaha hospital today to look into the wellbeing of those injured in the clash between the army, police and villagers yesterday.

Weliweriya was tense last night with soldiers patrolling the area after violence broke out last evening leaving one person dead and at least 23 injured.

According to reports from the area, people were forced to stay indoors and there were also reports of electricity being disrupted in some parts of the village.

When contacted by the Colombo Gazette an army official admitted the situation was “tensed” after the violence.

Television footage showed soldiers firing in the air and at times directing their guns at the protesters who pelted stones and other objects at the troops during the violence earlier in the evening.

Some journalists covering the incident were also injured and admitted to hospital. (Colombo Gazette) (Pictures by Dharisha Bastians)

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