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* Tension prevails in Nawalapitiya in Sri Lanka hill country ahead of the re-poll
Fri, Apr 16, 2010, 08:12 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 16, Nawalapitiya: A tensed situation prevails in Nawalapitiya in the Kandy District in the run up to the re-poll on April 20th as suporters of an opposition candidate were attacked by an unidentified group.

Supporters of main opposition United National Party candidate for the Kandy District, Mano Ganesan had been attacked yesterday (15) afternoon.

Ganesan alleged that two of his campaign teams came under attack last afternoon in Hydree and Ketapola in Nawalapitiya.

The attackers have smashed the windscreen of a van and damaged a three-wheeler.

However, Ganesan said that he was yet considering the need to lodge a police complaint, as he did not have faith in the police to take action against the culprits.

The Inspector General of Police has deployed 400 elite Special Task Force (STF) police personnel to provide security to the Nawalapitiya area since the announcement of the re-poll.

Following the Elections Commissioner's decision to annul the results of 34 polling divisions in Nawalapitiya at the general election held on April 8, a re-poll was called for the disputed divisions.

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