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* Sri Lanka Police arrest suspect in hit and run that killed JVP candidate
Wed, Mar 26, 2014, 12:37 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka police have arrested the hit-and-run driver who caused the death of the Sri Lanka Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna candidate and union leader Sumathipala Manawadu Tuesday.

Manawadu was killed Tuesday evening when his motorcycle collided with a container truck driven by the suspect in Imbulgoda. The JVP candidate received severe injuries and died upon admission to the Gampaha Base Hospital.

The Police Media Spokesperson, SSP Ajith Rohana has said that both the driver and the vehicle involved in the accident were taken into custody in the Polgahawela area on Tuesday evening.

The deceased was heading to Kadawata along the Colombo-Kandy Road to address a JVP political rally when he met with the accident.

The truck driver has fled the scene of the accident after hitting the JVP candidate.

Manawadu, who was elected to the Central Committee of the JVP at its 7th National Convention, was a candidate of the party for the Western Provincial Council election from Gampaha District.

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