Female DS says police looked on as minister’s goons attacked her

Public servants in Mannar are to abstain from work tomorrow in protest against police failure to prevent the assault of a female Divisional Secretary by supporters of a Cabinet minister.

Divisional Secretary Nandini Stanley de Mel said she was assaulted at Pudukudirippu on Wednesday when she tried to settle a clash during a cycle race organised by the Mannar District Secretariat to mark the National New Year.

“I was assaulted in the presence of the police. My driver helped me to escape from the scene,” she said.
Ms. de Mel said the culprits were the minister’s supporters who regularly threatened her, demanding permits for sand mining and transportation of illicit timber. Mannar Police said they had arrested four people in connection with the incident.

However, the secretariat employees said public servants in the district would go ahead with the token strike to lodge their protest against police inaction.

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