Oct 11, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has remanded joint opposition MP Namal Rajapaksa and five other people's representatives who were arrested for violating a court order and leading a protest in Hambantota last Friday (October 6).
Hambantota District Magistrate Manjula Karunaratne yesterday ordered the remand of parliamentarians Namal Rajapaksa, D.V. Chanaka and Prasanna Ranaweera and former provincial councilors Upali Kodikara, Sampath Athukorala and Ajith Prasanna until October 16 when they were produced before the judge following their arrest.
They were arrested at the Hambantota Police Station on Tuesday (10th) and were brought to the Magistrate's official residence last night with their lawyers.
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.
Supporters of the suspects were present near the Hambantota Police Station. Police, Special Task Force (STF) and police riot police have also been deployed to strengthen security.
The remanded suspects were taken to the Tangalle Prison from the prison bus.
Another 28 persons including seven women who were arrested during the protest have also been remanded.
The protesters led by the parliamentarians defying a court order approached the Indian Consulate in Hambantota and clashed with the police. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters. Four police officers were also injured during the clash.