Sept 04, Colombo: Two groups of Sri Lanka main opposition United National Party (UNP) campaigning for Uva Provincial Council elections clashed in Moneragala district yesterday.
The groups were the supporters of UNP candidates Tissa Kuttiarachchi and Sampath Jayasuriya. This is the first clash reported among the same party candidates at this election.
Sampath Jayasuriya's 28-year-old son was admitted to the hospital with cut injuries in his arm and shoulder. A supporter of the other candidate has also been admitted to the hospital.
Rohana Hettiarachchi, the spokesman of the election monitoring organization, Peoples' Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) , said today that the number of complaints regarding election violence is high in Moneragala district than in Badulla district of the Uva Province.
He also demanded the police chief to arm the police officers on duty so that the police officers can act against violence.