Apr 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested four suspects for assaulting a group of Dutch tourists near Surf Bar, Mirissa, last Sunday, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) said.
The Weligama Police and the Tourist Police Division are currently conducting investigations into the incident.
It has been reported that four tourists including a Dutch male and two women were assaulted at the Mirissa beach on Sunday morning when they resisted the suspects attempting to sexually assault the women.
The assaulted tourists have lodged complaints with regard to the incident with the tourist police.
According to media reports, the group had been enjoying dinner and drinks at the Surf Bar and Restaurant on Saturday night when a group, including some waiters at the restaurant had attempted to sexually harass the women.
Meanwhile, a separate investigation is underway by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority into the restaurant which is at the center of the controversy.
Earlier, the SLTDA said that the Surf Bar was not registered with them and was therefore run illegally.
Many visitors to the southern beaches in the area say sexual harassment of female tourists by the beach boys is rampant.