Jan 08, Colombo: The local election monitor, Center for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) has received a report that ruling United People's Freedom Party (UPFA) Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena and a group of supporters have hit two women in Attanagalle electorate of Gampaha district.
The women were assaulted by the Deputy Minster and his supporters at around 1.00 pm near the Yatiyana Junior School polling center.
The Deputy Minster and his group of supporters have been roaming the area in 7 vehicles, the CMEV report says.
No investigation has been launched yet on the incident.
Meanwhile, CMEV has received a report that North Central Chief Minister S.M. Ranjith and his supporters had assaulted opposition supporters in Senapura, Mihinthale. The assailants have carried wooden rods and guns. The victim, Wimalasiri A.H.M. has been admitted to the Senapura Hospital. No complaint has been lodged.
The CMEV said three explosions have so far been reported on the day of polls. The first was in Point Pedro reported and a second incident involved an explosion from Beruwala targeting a house of a Muslim businessman. No injuries were reported.
The third incident is from Vavuniya where a grenade exploded near the Polling Station at Nelukkulam Kalaimagal Maha Vidyalaya. No injuries were reported and the police are investigating.
It has been reported in Jaffna that the members of the government ally, EPDP were intimidating TNA party members.