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)