Nuwara Eliya was tense this evening with the Kotagala organiser of the National Workers Union (NWU) being stabbed just minutes after supporters of the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and NWU, both constituent parties of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) clashed in what the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) termed as the most serious pre-election related violence in the area so far.
CaFFE said that 14 vehicles had been damaged and several individuals were injured in the clashes this evening.
MPs P Digambaram and P Rajadurei (NWU) were traveling to Hatton from Nuwara Eliya in a convoy of vehicles when supporters of Minister Arumugam Thondaman attacked them, CaFFE claimed. Rajadurei, who recently resigned from the CWC, joined the NWU yesterday.
CWC leader Minister Arumugam Thondaman however denied the claims. He said that his supporters were attacked.
The Minister said that a complaint was lodged with the police over the incident.
The Kotagala organizer of NWU, identified as Kumar, was also stabbed in the Hatton Town while he was leaving home after lodging a complaint with the police. He has been admitted to the Glendon hospital, in Hatton.(Colombo Gazette)
MP P Digambaram
Minister Arumugam Thondaman