EPDP- led hartal in Jaffna fails

An attempt by EPDP supporters to stage a hartal in the Jaffna peninsula demanding that their leader and Minister Douglas Devananda not quit politics failed, after the Army and Police intervened and called on shop owners to continue with their normal activities.

Earlier Minister Devananda told party supporters he wanted to quit politics as President Mahinda Rajapaksa lost in all the seats in the Jaffna peninsula, except in the Kayts electorate, at Tuesday’s Presidential elections.

EPDP supporters said they were protesting against the decision and called on shop keepers to close their shops and transport services to withdraw.

However the Army and Police moved in to restore order and after about an hour’s interruption services returned to normal. A bus was attacked in Atchuveli and damaged.

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