Arrest the actual culprits, not ‘dummies’ - GMOA

Attack on Dr Chamila Herath


By Franklin R. Satyapalan

The GMOA yesterday urged the police to arrest the UPFA supporters responsible for the brutal attack on Dr Chamila Herath and bring them before the law instead of taking ‘dummies’ into custody.

GMOA General Secretary, Dr Chandika Epitaduwa warned that trade union action launched in the Anuradhapura hospital on Friday will be extended to other hospitals in the North Central Province if the police fail to arrest the actual culprits behind the attack.

Police media spokesperson, SSP Ajith Rohana was not available for comment. However, a policeman who answered his mobile phone said two suspects have been arrested over the incident.

Dr Herath, brutally attacked by over 30 goons who were UPFA supporters has been hospitalized.

If the people are to have faith in the law, nobody should be allowed to violate the law of the land. It is the duty of the police to apprehend the goons without delay and produce them before a court of law, Dr. Epitaduwa said.

He said that a special emergency meeting of the GMOA Executive Committee has been summoned for today (Sunday) to decided on the next course of Trade Union action.

Residents of the Dahayyagama junction in Anuradhapura, where the attack took place, said on condition of anonymity that on Thursday night a large crowd had converged in support of the election meeting organized by former Chief Minister of the North Central Province Berty Premalal Dissanayake.

Those who had gathered, including some who were intoxicated were infuriated after they identified Dr. Chamila Herath who attempted to drive past. As a person residing in the district, he was a close friend of the late UNP stalwart Dr. Johnpillai. The goons had then blocked the path of the doctor’s vehicle and brutally attacked him. The vehicle was also badly damaged.

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