Lankapage Logo CP 18 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Suspect arrested in connection with assault on Rohingya refugees
Sat, Sep 30, 2017, 10:15 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 30, Colombo: The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) of Police has arrested a suspect in connection with the assault on Rohingya refugees, who were temporarily under the care of the UNHCR at a safe house in Mount Lavinia, on 26 September.

The CCD arrested the 34-year-old suspect in Bambalapitiya on Friday for allegedly assaulting and injuring the refugees from Myanmar during a protest led by extremist Buddhist monks.

According to the police, the suspect, a resident of Moratuwa, is said to be an active member of the extremist Bodu Bala Sena organization and has contested the last general election under the Bodu Jana Front ticket and lost.

The Buddhist monks led mob broke down gates and entered the walled multi-storied compound where 31 Rohingya refugees including 17 children and 7 women were living under the custody of the UNHCR until their resettlement in a Western country.

The Police took the refugees under protective custody and later transferred them to the Boossa Detention Centre for their safety.

The government strongly condemned the attack and urged the police to conduct an investigation. The police had deployed three teams to probe the incident.

The suspect will be presented before the Mount Lavinia magistrate's court today.


ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
UNP and UPFA decide to jointly establish power in Galle MC
-- [24 minutes ago]
Footsteps to Freedom II: Walking hand in hand towards better mental health in Sri Lanka
-- [1 hour and 3 minutes ago]
President orders immediate halt to construction projects, land filling in Muthurajawela sanctuary
-- [1 hour and 26 minutes ago]
UK expresses disappointment and concern on Sri Lanka's slow progress in democratic reforms and human rights
-- [1 hour and 50 minutes ago]
Sri Lankan President leaves for Pakistan to attend Republic Day celebrations
-- [2 hours ago]
U.S. Embassy and Matara Chamber of Commerce launch American Innovation Hub
-- [8 hours ago]
Court grants permission to former deputy minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne to travel abroad
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka, Pakistan to sign MoU on bilateral cooperation in foreign affairs during President's visit
-- [8 hours ago]
Government decides to provide fertilizer to farmers instead of vouchers
-- [9 hours ago]
CSE to host Global Reporting Initiative workshop on Sustainability Reporting and CSR

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.