Monday, February 23, 2009


Tension at Padukka, one person killed in clash

By Yohan Perera and Senaka De Silva

Tension gripped Padukka and security was tightened after a mob killed a man and later attempted to set fire to some houses on Saturday night, police said.

They said the deceased was Selvaraj an employee of Ayre estate and the mob had later tried to attack the colony after cutting the electricity wires and plunging the colony into darkness which led to some villagers hiding themselves in the forest nearby according to reports from the area.

Democratic Peoples Alliance Leader Mano Ganeshan referring to the clash said it was a personal dispute, which had later turned into a mini clash.

“It is unfortunate to see a personal dispute turning into a clash which is the last thing the country needs at this time,” he said. Mirihana Police Senior Superintendent Deshabandu Tillekeratne said the clash was a result of an argument between kassipu sellers and estate workers in the area where a man was killed but the but the police intervened to bring the situation under control. Police are on the lookout for the miscreants and security tightened to defuse the tension in the area and prevent it spreading to the adjoining Labugama Estate.

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