H’tota Mayor re-remanded

Falls sick during hearing

by Madura Ranwala

The Hambantota Magistrate yesterday further remanded till May 20 UPFA Mayor Eraj Fernando for assaulting a suspect in police custody in March, 2014 and attempting to abduct him thereafter.

Mayor Eraj had been taken to the Hambantota hospital for medical attention yesterday as he fell sick during the hearing and the case had been postponed to the next date, the Police Media Unit (PMU) said.

The alleged incident occurred at the Ambalantota police station and Eraj was arrested by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) attached to the Police Headquarters on April 28.

In the run-up to the last presidential election, Eraj was arrested and  released on surety bail in December last year for assaulting a street drama troupe named ‘Veediye Virodaya’.

 Last year the Hambantota Mayor gained notoriety when he brandished a firearm and chased away some UNP parliamentarians who were conducting an inspection tour of Mattala Airport and Hambantota Port. Later he claimed it was only a toy pistol.

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