Oct 05, Matara: A tense situation is prevailing in Sri Lanka's southern town of Matara as a protest march got underway to demand the the main opposition United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremasinghe to step down.
According to the reports reaching Colombo, supporters of Wickremasinghe have clashed with the protestors marching against the party leader demanding his removal.
Sounds of gunshots have been heard while several people have been reported injured.
Meanwhile the hospital sources have said that seven people have been admitted to the Matara Hospital and three people with gunshot injuries. Among the injured was a southern provincial councilor of the opposition party.
A group of party stalwarts of the have taken measures to organize a walk from Matara to Colombo to urge party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe to step down after the dismal performance of the party at the recent provincial council polls.
The protest was to start from the Vishnu Temple at Dondra in Matara and proceed to Colombo.
The first lap of the walk will be up to Weligama. Second day, it will proceed to Galle, third day to Hikkaduwa, fourth day to Kosgoda, fifth day to Katukurunda, sixth day to Moratuwa and the last day from Moratuwa to Colombo.
They have also planned to collect one million signatures to a petition urging Wickremasinghe to resign.