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* SLPP Colombo Municipal Councilor remanded over Petroleum Corporation incident
Tue, Jan 8, 2019, 12:53 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Colombo Municipal Councilor Kapu Geekiyanage Kulathissa who was arrested for his involvement in the unrest at the premises of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) in Dematagoda on the 28th of October last year has been remanded.

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered to remand the CMC councilor until the 11th of January when he was produced before the court on Monday.

Kulathissa, who was arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division last night, is accused of forcibly entering the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation premises and behaving in an unruly manner creating an unrest.

Colombo Crimes Division informed the court that Kulatissa Geekiyanage's action was the main cause of the clash at the CPC on October 28.

The Chief Magistrate rejecting the request of his lawyers to grant bail to the suspect, pointed out that the CCTV footage clearly showed that the suspect had entered the CPC premises with an armed gang and attacked the security officer of Minister Arjuna Ranatunga.

The officers of the Colombo Crimes Division informed by the Magistrate that several other suspects who were involved in the unrest, have been identified from the CCTV camera footage.

The Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered the police to immediately arrest them and produce them in the court.

Following the dissolution of the unity government cabinet by President Maithripala Sirisena on 27 October the members of trade unions who are loyal to Mahinda Rajapaksa have prevented ministers from the old cabinet from entering their ministries.

When the then Petroleum Minister Arjuna Rantunga tried to enter his office at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation building in Dematagoda on 28 October a mob gathered outside blocked him from entering his office.

The mob led by the suspect have entered the premises and attacking the security guards have attempted to harm the Minister. The Minister's security guard opened fire at the mob injuring three people. One of the injured later died at the hospital.

The Special Task Force (STF) police rescued the barricaded minister from the building disguising him in a STF uniform.


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