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* Crossed over ruling party politician assaulted in Sri Lanka
Tue, Dec 2, 2014, 11:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 02, Colombo: A ruling party politician cross over to the opposition in support of the common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena was assaulted by a supporter of a senior minister, the election monitoring group Campaign for Free & Fair Elections reported.

United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Wennappuwa local councilor Shiron Fernando, who crossed-over to support common opposition candidate, has been assaulted by an individual on a motorbike Monday afternoon at his residence at Bolewatte.

The councilor has told CaFFE that he went to Polonnaruwa on 30 November to support the common candidate and that the next day a supporter of Senior Minister arrived at his house on a motor bike and assaulted him.

Fernando has lodged a complaint at the Wennappuwa police. Although the suspect has been identified, he has not yet been arrested, the election monitor said.

Wennappuwa police are conducting further inquiries into the incident.

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