Post-election clashes leave several injured


By Rathindra Kuruwita

Several clashes have occurred between the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and United National Party (UNP) supporters in the post-election period, elections monitors say.

SLPP and UNP supporters clashed at Kanugolla, Meegahakiwla in the Uva Province on Sunday night and five persons were hospitalised. "A father and son were seriously injured in this clash. However, no one has been arrested so far," Election Monitor Campaign for Free and Fair Election said adding that they had received 21 complaints of post-election violations.

Meanwhile, the People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) said that it had received 40 complaints in the post-election period; there had been 11 cases of assault . Eleven persons had been hospitalised as a result.

PARREL Executive Director, Rohana Hettiarachchi said: "We have received complaints of 33 incidents which can be considered serious. We have verified 25 of them. There are also seven complaints of holding illegal victory rallies and unruly behaviour."

He said there had also been six complaints of serious attacks on property and 12 complaints of intimidation. The house of Noordeen Nalim, a UNP candidate was attacked in Koththanativu, Udappuwa on Sunday night. A Buddhist monk, Hewaniwela Chandrajothi Thera was also attacked on the same night by supporters of a political party. The Thera had been admitted to Gampaha hospital following an attack by a group of masked men, the police said.

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