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* 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.


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