Liquor ban not for political supporters?

An Excise Department official was injured in an attack allegedly by an UPFA Provincial Councillor when the officer attempted to arrest a person selling liquor during the week-long ban coinciding with the Vesak and the 2550 Buddha Jayanthi anniversary celebrations.

Moneragala Excise Division OIC Fazal Mohamed was assaulted on Friday night when his team sent a decoy to arrest a person selling liquor. They had purchased a bottle of liquor at Rs. 650 and were attempting to take the person to the Welimada Police when Provincial Councillor S.A.D. Bandusena had allegedly assaulted the team. He had argued that the Excise officials had no authority to arrest his party supporters, despite the ban.

The arrested suspect was allegedly taken away by the PC member.

The injured officer was admitted to the Moneragala Hospital. A complaint was lodged with the Welimada Police, but no arrest had been made till last evening.

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