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* Nihal Wedaarachchi arrested over 9th May violence, remanded
Thu, Aug 11, 2022, 10:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 11, Colombo: Former Southern Provincial Council member Nihal Wedaarachchi, who was arrested by the Tangalle Police on Thursday (11) morning over 9th May violence, was remanded until tomorrow.

Tangalle Acting Magistrate Ranjith Gunasekara ordered to remand Nihal Wedaarachchi until tomorrow when he was produced in court.

Officers of the Criminal Investigation Department of Tangalle Police Headquarters arrested Nihal Wedaarachchi, brother of Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP Dilip Wedaarachchi, at his home today.

Nihal Wedaarachchi was arrested on charges of pelting stones at the Tangalle Carlton house and setting fire to the administration building of the Carlton Preschool located on Tangalle Beliatta Road on May 9.

The police appearing before the acting magistrate, said that they are not opposed to granting bail on the above charges.

However, the police informed the court that they are against granting bail to the suspect on a third charge filed by the police.

The third charge filed by police is that Nihal Wedaarachchi had obstructed police duty by live streaming the arrest on social media to discredit the Police that they were engaged in an unlawful arrest.

Police opposed granting bail to the suspect on the third charge, and the Tangalle Magistrate Ranjith Gunasekera remanded Nihal Wedaarachchi until Friday (12).

 

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