The Attorney General (AG) has directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to arrest the suspects, including Members of Parliament (MP), accused of being involved in the mob violence on 9th May.
The AG has told the IGP to arrest the MPs, including former Minister Johnston Fernando, if there is sufficient evidence against them.
Among the suspects named by the AG are MPs Johnston Fernando, Sanath Nishantha, Sanjeeva Edirimanne and Milan Jayatilleke as well as Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province, Deshabandu Tennakoon and Dan Priyasad.
A mob led by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) had gone on a rampage on 9th May, attacking peaceful demonstrators near Temple Trees and at Galle Face.
Angry supporters of those demonstrating at Galle Face had then taken to the streets and set fire to buses used by the SLPP mob.
They also set fire to other property belonging to SLPP MPs and supporters. (Colombo Gazette)