June 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army has fired into air to control tense situation a filling station in the Meegahathenna area in Kalutara, local media reported.
According to a senior police officer, a soldier has fired into air when a civilian in fuel queue attempted to snatch his firearm.
The filling station has received petrol and diesel after four days and a man carrying several plastic cans tried to force his way into the gas station to obtain fuel. A tense situation erupted when the police attempted to prevent the man from obtaining fuel into the cans.
An Army soldier who was guarding the filling station had also arrived at the scene and the shooting had taken place when a group of people close to the person who had come to get the fuel had tried to snatch the soldier's firearm, police said.
At the same time, information has received that the group was trying to set fire to the petrol station, and therefore the person who tried to snatch the firearm was not arrested as a precautionary measure but he will be reported to court, the senior police officer added.