Kollonawa tense, Parliament erupts over fuel issue

A tense situation arose in Kollonawa today as trade unions attempted to prevent the military and police from carrying out the distribution of fuel with the assistance of some petroleum employees.

Meanwhile Parliament was also suspended after a heated exchange took place between the Government and the Police on the strike by petroleum trade unions.

The Army said that 15 bowsers had been dispatched from Kollonawa with the assistance of troops to distribute fuel to fuel stations.

Several people who attempted to prevent fuel distribution from taking place were arrested by the Police.

Fuel storage and distribution was declared an essential service today and the army had been deployed to take over distribution from the Kollonawa oil refinery.

The move followed a continuous strike launched by petroleum unions since Monday severely affecting fuel distribution in the country. (Colombo Gazette)