Alleged assault on Mannar DS: Seven arrested

Seven persons have been arrested in connection with the alleged assault of Mannar Town Divisional Secretary A. Stanley de Mel, Mannar Police Headquarters Inspector Thushara Daluwatte told the Sunday Times.

He said that an identification parade is due to be held next Thursday. Ms. de Mel was allegedly assaulted when she went to resolve a dispute at the cycle race held in connection of the National New Year celebrations.

Ms. de Mel was last week quoted by the Sunday Times (late City) as saying that supporters of a Cabinet minister had been involved in the assault. However, Ms. de Mel in a letter to the Sunday Times said she had never said that a Cabinet minister was involved in the attack.

The minister concerned had contacted our correspondent in Mannar as well as the Divisional Secretary after the news item appeared last Sunday and denied his involvement in the incident.

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