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* Sri Lanka police arrest Hambantota protesters including MP Namal Rajapaksa
Tue, Oct 10, 2017, 09:42 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka police arrested six people, including MP Namal Rajapaksa, who were summoned to the police for questioning regarding the protest launched in Hambantota last week defying a court order.

Among the arrested persons are MPs D V Chanaka, Prasanna Ranaweera, former Western Provincial Councilor Upali Kodikara and former Major Ajith Prasanna.

Police Media Spokesperson Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara said they were arrested on charges of violating court orders, violent behavior, damaging public property, assaulting police officers and interfering with police duties.

Hambantota Magistrate Court last Thursday issued an injunction restricting the protesters entering the vicinity of the Hambantota Port, Indian Consulate and the roads leading to the Hambantota Port during the protests.

The protesters led by the Joint Opposition parliamentarians including Namal Rajapaksa approached the Indian Consulate and clashed with the police. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters. Four police officers were injured during the fracas.

The Joint Opposition protest was held against the government's plan to hand over the operations of the idling Mattala airport to an Indian investor and the deal signed with Chinese company to administer the Hambanthota Port.

 

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