Centre for Policy Alternatives on 18 January, 2010

Monitoring election violence in Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2010: Media Communiqu? No. 10

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CMEV received a report regarding a clash
between a group of NDF supporters and a group of supporters of Western
Provincial Council Member, Duminda De Silva (UPFA) near the Umagaliya
ground, Kolonnawa at around 11.30 pm on 13th January 2010. It is also
reported that a tense situation has arisen in the area due to the clash.

The group of supporters of Duminda De Silva, who came in 4 cabs, had
intimidated a group of supporters of Presidential candidate Sarath
Fonseka who were decorating the stage for the meeting scheduled on 14
January. They had brandished a pistol and had attacked them.
Subsequently NDF supporters also had attacked the perpetrators by stones
according to reports received by CMEV.

According to CMEV special mobile team information, Peter Kelard and
Sampath, who sustained injuries, have been admitted to the Colombo
General Hospital. When CMEV’s special mobile team visited the place, OIC
of the Wellampitiya Police Station, HQI Liyanage and his team had
arrived to the scene and Army had been deployed in the area to ascertain
the security. It is learnt that no complaint has been made to the
police and the tense situation prevails at the time this report goes
out.

Read the full report in Sinhala and Tamil here.