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By Don Asoka Wijewardena


Doctors attached to the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital launched a lightning token strike from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. yesterday in protest against a brutal attack by UPFA supporters on Dr. Chamila Herath.


The attack took place at midnight on Thursday during a meeting near an election propaganda office of former North-Province Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayaka, currently in the PC polls fray, at the Dahayyagama Junction.


The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday decided to resume the strike in the entire North-Central Province today until the suspects responsible for the attack were arrested.


Dr. Herath was immediately admitted to the Anuradhapura hospital and later, on the advice of the Consultants, he was transferred to the Neuro-surgical Intensive Care Unit. Quoting Superintendent of Police S. W. M. Senaratne, GMOA Media spokesman Dr. Navin de Soysa said one suspect surrendered to the Anuradhapura police.


Dr. Soysa said that as there was an election meeting with a large crowd blocking the road Dr. Herath had asked them to move a little for his car to pass. But all of a sudden a gang of UPFA supporters had assaulted him brutally, while damaging his car.


The car was badly damaged in the attack and some blood stains could be seen inside the car. The gang was under the influence of liquor, according to the GMOA.


The GMOA spokesman alleged that though a complaint had been lodged, the Anuradhapura Police were very slow in taking action against the culprits, because the gang belonged to the ruling party.


When contacted, Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital Director Dr. W. Attapattu said that Dr. Herath had gone to the Anuradhapura town before midnight on August 31 to take his dinner. About midnight, as he was returning to the hospital in his car, the gang had set upon him.


SP Senaratne, when contacted for comment, said that about six police units had been deployed to arrest the four suspects, and one had surrendered to the police yesterday morning. .


Additional Commissioner Elections R. M. A. L. Ratnayaka said that no sooner had the Elections Complaints Unit received information about the assault on Dr. Chamila Herath it asked the Anuradhapura police to take immediate action and the police had deployed several teams to arrest the suspects.


Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CAFFE) Executive Director Ranjith Keerthi Tennakoon said that the brutal assault on Dr. Chamila Herath had been carried out by former Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayaka’s supporters.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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