CID in Matale to probe vandalism charge

Picture and story by Hilton Berenger

A police team from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday visited Matale, following a home and home turf war between legislators of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) after buntings, cut-outs and other decorations put up to mark the swearing in of President Mahinda Rajapaksa for a second term on Friday were vandalised.

Gemunu Dharmasiri Herath, co-ordinating Secretary to the Deputy Minister of Education Nandamithra Ekanayake, told the Sunday Times that the police team had sought full details in connection with the incident, and who may be behind it.

He added that the sponsor names of two UPFA MPs, Nandamithra Ekanayake and Wasantha Perera that were mentioned on the life-size cut-outs of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had been deleted by vandals while the name of a third Government MP had been spared. “So it is easy to sum up the person responsible for this vandalism”, Mr. Herath said.

UPFA lawmakers have remained at loggerheads ever since the last elections, where a bitter turf war took place for the “manaape” advantage, and the tension between the group has remained the same ever since.

The Matale Police have questioned around a dozen persons in connection with Friday’s incident. The Matale Police are conducting further investigations.

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