Political offices attacked in fresh clashes between UPFA constituents

By Jayakody Ratnayake

The National Workers’ Union (NWU) yesterday alleged that its political offices at Hatton, Norwood, Bogawanthalawa and Talawakelle had come under attack on Monday night in the wake of clashes between its supporters and members of the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), at the Commercial junction in Kotagala.

The CWC and NWU are both constituent parties of the UPFA.

NWU leader P. Digambaram, MP alleged that among the offices targeted were the one at Hatton. According to him, the gang responsible for the attack on the main office consisted of about 200 goons.

The police said that anti-riot squad personnel had fired warning shots to disperse the mob and subsequently four persons had been arrested.

The MP said that CWC supporters had also stormed the Kotagala residence of NWU nominee, Ms Saraswathie Sivaguru, contesting from the Nuwara Eliya district.

The CWC accused the NWU of causing mayhem in the Nuwara Eliya district. CWC sources said that MP Digambaram’s supporters were responsible for a spate of incidents in the area.

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