Range-Bandara brutally assaulted

By Hiran Priyankara Jayasinghe

Puttalam district UNP parliamentarian Palitha Range Bandara was in a critical condition last evening after he was assaulted and hacked by a gang allegedly led by a fellow defeated UNP candidate in Chilaw, Police said.

Range Bandara

Mr. Bandara was meeting party supporters in Chilaw when the gang entered the premises and assaulted him severely using iron rods and swords. The gravely injured Mr. Range Bandara was rushed to Colombo National Hospital.

Deputy Inspector General Daya Samaraweera said the gang had also grabbed a T56 weapon from a policeman before escaping from the scene.

However, the police arrested five persons including the defeated UNP candidate, and recovered the T56 rifle. Another person injured in the same incident was admitted to Chilaw hospital.

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