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* Sri Lanka Police explain arrests at Democratic Party political meeting
Sat, Jan 18, 2014, 09:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police today explained the arrests of two people and seizing a vehicle at a political rally of the Democratic Party in Balapitiya yesterday.

Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo today, Police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said the Ahungalla police took two people and a vehicle that was fitted with loudspeakers into custody yesterday at the rally since the organizers have not obtained permission from the police to hold the rally.

He explained that permission should be obtained from the relevant police station and the owner of the land to hold a political rally at a certain venue before holding the meeting but the organizers of the party, led by the former army commander Sarath Fonseka, has organized a political propaganda rally without permission from the police.

The party has held the meeting at the Balapitiya public market premises in a vehicle fixed with loudspeakers, he said.

The Balapitiya divisional secretary also had objected to the venue for the meeting.

The police spokesman said the two suspects were released last night but the vehicle and the loudspeakers are still in police custody.

The suspects will be produced before Balapitiya magistrate court on Tuesday, the spokesman added.

He asserted that the legal action was taken according to the existing laws and rejected media reports that said otherwise.

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