Dec 27, Colombo: Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel have been deployed in the Beruwala area Saturday following a clash between United National Party (UNP) and United People Freedom Alliance (UPFA) supporters, police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.
According to the police three people have been injured in the clash which broke out Friday night after an election meeting for Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena.
Meanwhile, the election monitor, Center for Monitoring election Violence (CMEV) reported that the UPFA supporters had attacked former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Provincial Councilor Ms. Hirunika Premachandra at about 10.00 pm Friday.
After a rally in Beruwala town, President Kumaratunga and Ms Premachandra had gone to dinner at Provincial Councilor Mohammed Jemine Marikar Mohammed Isthikar's house, some 350m from Beruwala town.
During the dinner a group of people had hooted and stoned the house. President Kumaratunga and Ms Premachandra had managed to leave the house with the support of their security and supporters of the common opposition candidate. According to the CMEV monitor, the Police and Special Task Force had run for cover.
Subsequently, a fight ensued involving both parties resulting in damages to property including President Kumaratunga's vehicle.
A supporter of common opposition candidate, former opposition Urban Council leader Mohammed Mansoor Dalhan was taken to Beruwala base hospital but refused admittance by the hospital, the CMEV said.
The Special Task force and Beruwala Police were able to disperse crowd.