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Sunday, September 21, 2014 | LKR 40.00 | 6 Sections | Volume 9 No17
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Late City Edition
Beer’s
water
footprint
The Ceylonese roadmap forWorld
Buddhism
Tamil Nadu continues
with hardline
stance on Sri Lanka
Deepal Warnakulasuriya
Bandarawela Mayor
Chaminda Wijesiri was
rushed to the Badulla
Hospital from Diyathalawa
Base Hospital after a clash
had taken place allegedly
at the Bandarawela Police
station last evening. A minor
argument at a polling station
had been reportedly turned
into a serious fight between
the two major parties United
People’s Freedom Alliance
(UPFA) and the United
National Party (UNP) inside
the police station.
This was the most serious
violent incident reported
during Saturday’s (yesterday)
Uva Provincial Council
election.
Bandarawela Mayor’s
father, businessman Lionel
Wijesiri, said that his son
was attacked by two Deputy
Ministers and a few local
government politicians at
the police station. “My son
was at the police station to
make a complaint over an
incident that took place at
Mahanama College. While
we were there, they came in
jeeps and inquired who the
mayor is and attacked my son.
The Police did nothing, but
standby and watch what was
happening. We had to fight
back, otherwise they could
have killed my son inside the
police itself,” Mayor Wijesiri’s
father said.
He alleged the attackers
were Deputy Ministers Hemal
Gunasekara and Arundika
Fernnado. “Nalin Suriyage also
joined them and hammered
my son. Dr. Pushpakumara
and Deputy Minister Sarana
Gunawardana were also
there.” Wijesiri added. He also
said, “One of my son’s eyes
is badly damaged. There are
also severe wounds in one
hand and one ear”.
Deputy Minister Hemal
Gunasekara when contacted
by
The Nation
said that the
behavior of the Mayor was
“very bad.” According to the
Deputy Minister Gunasekara,
Bandarawela Municipal
Council Opposition Leader
Nalin Suriyage and another
had gone to the Diyathalawa
Police Station and they had
been attacked by Mayor
Wijesiri. When questioned
whether they attacked the
Mayor, the Deputy Minister
said that they were attacked
and the police witnessed the
whole drama there.
Police Spokesman SSP
Ajith Rohana said that
investigations are being
carried out regarding the
brawl between two parties
which took place near the
Bandarawela Police Station.
The Nation also questioned
Deputy Minister Sarana
Gunawardana, who claimed
he was the person who
stopped the brawl at the
Police station. He further
said that his vehicle was
also attacked by the Mayor’s
supporters. He also denied the
allegation by Mayor Wijesiri’s
father regarding the Deputy
Ministers’ behavior at the
Police station.
See Page 3
Bandarawela
mayor
assaulted
inside police
station
Election violence
»
‘Police turn blindeye’
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Opp. Leader also hospitalized
Special unit
to monitor
international
schools
Arthur Wamanan and Sandun
Jayawardana
The Education Ministry
will establish a special unit to
monitor international schools
and their curriculum, Secretary to
the Ministry Anura Dissanayake
said. The special unit will serve
as a coordinating point between
the Ministry and international
schools. Dissanayake said that a
Gazette notification had already
been issued where international
schools have been ordered to
include subjects necessary for Sri
Lankan students.
See Page 3
Voter turnout
high despite
disruptive
incidents
The Nation News Desk
Barring a few sporadic
incidents, polling of the hotly
contested 2014 Uva Provincial
Council election concluded in a
largely peaceful atmosphere last
evening, Election Department
officials and poll monitors said.
The most serious violent
incident to be reported involved
the alleged attack on the United
National Party (UNP) Mayor of
Bandarawela, Chaminda Wijesiri
inside the Diyathalawa police
station.
See Page 3
STILL SMILING
Chief ministerial hopefuls of the UPFA, UNP and JVP cast their ballots early on
Saturday. When the results are out, one will have a bigger smile. Who will it be?
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Atapattu still in
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Qi Gong helps reveal hidden
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