Oct 06, Matara: Sri Lanka police arrested 24 people over the Saturday's clash that took place between two groups of main opposition United National Party (UNP) supporters during a protest march against the party leader.
The acting magistrate of Matara, Manjula Karunaratne ordered the 24 suspects to be placed under police remand custody until tomorrow and produce them before the courts on Monday.
The suspects were arrested on charges of shooting and damaging vehicles and properties.
The clash took place when a protest march launched by a dissident group of UNP calling to oust the party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe came under attack by an armed group of UNP supporters loyal to the leader.
The protest which started from the Vishnu Temple at Dondra in Matara was proceeding to Colombo when mobs armed with clubs attacked the demonstrators at Matara.
Seven people were injured as gun shots were fired and several vehicles were damaged. Among the injured was a southern provincial councilor of UNP.
Meanwhile, the Police Media Spokesman Police Superintendent Buddhika Siriwardena said that 10 special investigation teams have been appointed to probe the incident.