A night-time motor race in Kandy, scheduled for next Saturday, may not take place if the Public Property Protection Society has its way. The race, for which roads will have to be closed to the public, has drawn sharp criticism of the organisers and the Kandy Police.
Municipal Council member Anura Gonawela told the Sunday Times that the organisers. the Sri Lanka Motorcycle Club and the Kandy Offroad Adventure Club backed by Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage and other influential government supporters, should have obtained prior permission from the Kandy Municipality. He said the historic city of Kandy was not a suitable venue for this type of' “play.”
The route for the night race includes Peradeniya Road, Colombo Street, Yatinuwara Veediya, Kande Veediya, D. S. Senanayake Veediya, and Sangharaja Mawatha. A part of George E. de Silva Mawatha, the starting point for the race, will also be closed.
Wanted PC member spotted at UPFA rally
A United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Provincial Council member said to be evading arrest by the Wattala Police was seen at a UPFA meeting at Welisara, Wattala, on Friday evening.
According to Wattala Police officer-in-charge Nimal Ratnayaka, PC member Randir Rodrigo had stormed the Wattala Police Station last week and assaulted a policeman on duty.
OIC Ratnayake told the Sunday Times that Mr. Rodrigo had come to the Wattala Police Station in frustration because no one had picked up the phone when he tried to call the station.
Other sources, however, said Mr. Rodrigo had come to the station to demand the release of a party supporter who had been arrested for putting up election posters. The Wattala Police said that up to last night Mr. Rodrigo had been evading arrest. Meanwhile, Mr. Rodrigo was spotted on Friday evening at the Wattala UPFA election rally.
He was seated in the second row, listening to President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the gathering.