Hambantota mob attack : UNP MPs to raise privilege issues against Police



by Zacki Jabbar

The five UNP MPs who were attacked by UPFA mobs when they visited the Mattala Airport and Hambantota Port, on the ‘invitation’ of the government on Thursday are to raise privilege issues against the police for failing to provide them with security.

R. Yogarajan, one of the legislators who came under attack,told The Island yesterday that when parliament resumes sittings on April 24, he along with MP’s Ajith P. Perera, Eran Wickremaratne, Nalin Bandara and Ajith Manapperuma,would individually table privilege motions against the Hambantota police HQI and ASP for doing nothing while they were pushed, abused, threatened and pelted with stones, rotten eggs and tomatoes,by two UPFA mobs,each numbering over a 100 persons.

"There is photographic evidence showing the Hambantota Police HQI and his men smiling, while we were being attacked," he said.

The MP said that when they were returning to Colombo after having visited the Mattala airport and the Hambantota port, they spotted the Hambantota HQI and some of his men following them in a jeep. "So Eran Wickremeratne got off our bus and beckoned the jeep to stop, but the HQI ignored us and drove off. Even though the Police did not provide security,the media team that accompanied us did their utmost by forming human shields around us,but it was of no avail due to the sheer numbers in the mob."

Yogarajan,thanked the authorities at both the Mattala airport and Hambantota port for facilitating their visits and endeavouring to answer all questions to the best of their ability.

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