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Police continue hunt for election violators

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Police today said they will continue to hunt for those involved in election violence incidents. According to Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana, the Police were continuing to hunt for a provincial councilor and the chairman of the Kahawatta Pradeshiya Sabha who are alleged to be involved in the shooting and subsequent death of a supporter of President Maithreepala Sirisena in Kahawatta. Two Police teams are currently in search for these individuals, he said. 

The Police yesterday arrested the main suspect of the Kahawatta shooting incident, Deputy Minister Premalal Jayasekara. He was remanded till January 20 after being produced before court.

 Meanwhile, Uva Provincial Council Minister Senthil Thondaman, who is suspected of attacking a postman, is also currently evading arrest. According to Police Spokesperson SSP Rohana persons involved in 22 election related incidents are currently being traced by the Police as well.

The Police also claim that no major post election violence incidents have been reported. “Only three minor incidents have been reported to the Police as of yet” said SSP Rohana adding that however they are not election related.

SLFP stalwart Nimal Siripala today alleged that there was a shooting incident involving an SLFP supporter in Pannala claiming it was a post-election violence incident.  However SSP Rohana said there is no evidence to say that the incident is related to post election violence.

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