Police hunt for Ranil’s secy.

Mangala surrenders, gets bail

By Madura Ranwala

UNP Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera, who surrendered to the Matara police, through a lawyer, yesterday morning, was produced before the Matara Magistrate, who enlarged him on personal bail in Rs. 100,000.

Eight other suspects surrendered along with Samaraweera over their alleged involvement in the Oct. 5 attack on an anti-Ranil march organised by party reformists.

Acting police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana told The Island that the other eight suspects who had surrendered were former UNP MP and Devinuwara UNP Chief Organiser H. R. Wimalasiri, Balapitiya UNP Organiser and attorney-at-law Kamal Jayantha Soysa and six others.

The Magistrate released Wimalasiri and Jayantha on the same bail conditions as Samaraweera but ordered them to present themselves at SSP’s office on the last Sunday of every month. The other six suspects were remanded till Oct. 21 for an identification parade.

The SSP said that the police would arrest Ranil Wickremesinghe’s private secretary Sugath Chandrasekara and PC member Kithsiri Kahatapitiya. They who were evading arrest, the police said.

Head of the UNP media unit, Samaraweera told media, just minutes before surrendering, near the police station, where media personnel were present, that he had received a letter from the police on Monday night regarding the Court ordering his arrest.

Therefore, he had come to surrender. He said that the police should implement the law if they found any charges against him.

Earlier, Samaraweera denied any involvement in the incident and blamed the government and police for arresting his supporters who were innocent.

A complaint has been lodged against Samaraweera and others by UNP PC member Maithri Gunaratne, whose father was remanded for allegedly shooting at attackers.

Thirty four suspects, arrested earlier, were re-remanded till Oct. 21, when they were produced in Court on Monday.

Herman Gunaratne, who was remanded on Oct. 7, too, would be produced before Court next Monday.

Two suspects were identified by the Maithri’s son, who was brutally attacked.

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