Police open fire on protesters in Rambukkana killing one

By Easwaran Rutnam

The Police opened fire on a group of protesters in Rambukkana today killing one person and injuring a number of others.

Police Spokesman, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nihal Thalduwa said that the Police had opened fire after initially using tear gas.

He said that the Police had opened fire when the protesters had attempted to set fire to a fuel truck.

According to the Police, the protesters had blocked the railway track and protested in the area for several hours.

The Police had advised the protesters to cleat the tracks but the request was rejected.

According to the Police, the protesters had then set fire to a three-wheeler and attempted to set fire to the fuel truck.

The Police had opened fire on the protesters killing one person and injuring at least 24 others.

The Police media unit said that a number of policemen were also injured in the incident.

The Police Special Task Force (STF) was deployed in the area to try and control the situation. (Colombo Gazette)

3 COMMENTS

  1. Folks this is just a start, it will go from bad to worse. Certainly, Covid-19 is not going to disappear soon. So expect more disasters for years.

    Many times I have said that your hearts and minds are darker than your skin colour. As disasters staring to unfold you will start to acknowledge why I made such a strong statement.

    I was in Sri Lanka between 2015 and 2017. This is what you had done to an intellectual who spent most of his time in libraries.

    In 2015, you had laughed at me during my speech at Colombo University for the position of Vice Chancellor(VC). I gave a speech how I intend to lift the standard of Colombo University by working closely with the National University of Singapore (NUS)

    In 2017, you had robbed my laptop and smart phone by spraying pepper spray into my eyes. I have a witness, identified the perpetrator and reported to Sri Lankan the police six times but the police did nothing. Not even one Sri Lankan media published that incident.

    Only in Sri Lanka people passionately hate their own intellectuals. Truly, Sri Lanka is a cursed country. This is why it fought Asia’s longest brutal civil war for decades and it will become the first bankrupt country in Asia.

  2. Bad move this is probably going to provoke more people and may even escalate to a point it ends up like Libya!

    • I think it comes under the category: Don’t start what you can’t finish. The police unlike the army have always been a group of undisciplined thugs ( majority).

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