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* Sri Lankan court grant bail to four persons who attacked UNP MPs in Hambantota
Tue, May 6, 2014, 04:15 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 05, Hambantota: A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to four persons arrested in connection with the attack on the main opposition United National Party (UNP) legislators who came under attack from ruling party supporters during their visit to the Hambantota Harbor and the Mattala Airport last month.

Hambantota Magistrate Court granted bail when the four suspects were produced before the magistrate and released them on two sureties worth Rs.100,000 each.

The police arrested Premasiri Paranavitharna (51) of Bandagiriya, Tuwan Ramzan Bahaman (32) of the Malay Colony, Bandagiriya, Madusha Thilan (25) of Godawaya, Ambalantota and Bindu Warnasinghe (35) of Bazaar Street, Hambantota.

The UNP parliamentarians Ajith P. Perera, Nalin Bandara, Eran Wickramaratne, Ajith Mannapperuma and R. Yogarajan were on a fact finding visit to the Hambantota Port and the Mattala Airport last month when they were intimidated and manhandled by a mob of ruling party supporters. Later they were attacked with eggs and their bus was damaged.

Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said the men were arrested after probing their direct involvement in the attack.

He said CCTV camera footage, other video footage, and eyewitness statements were used to identify the suspects involved in the attack.

However, the Hambantota Mayor Eraj Fernando, who was seen in media photos and videos wielding a pistol, was not arrested by the police.

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