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Mangala released after recording of statement ; 22 UNP P.C. local body members and organizers arrested

Mangala released after recording of statement ; 22 UNP P.C. local body members and organizers arrested

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(Lanka-e-News-07.Oct.2013, 1.00PM) While those who did the shooting were allowed to goscott free , those who were the victims of shooting were arrested in pursuit of the Medamulanahidden agenda. 22 individuals including UNP organizers and Mangala Samaraweera M.P. whowere arrested at 7 police stations were remanded from 5th night until 6th morning according toreports reaching Lanka e news.Apart from these 22 who were remanded , 24 others of the conspiratorial Shiral-Maithri team
including Maithri’s father Herman Fernando were also remanded after they were produced before the Matara additional magistrate Manjula Karunaratne. The police made a request for anidentification parade on these suspects . Though the police wanted those arrested to beremanded for 21 days , following the pleas made by the lawyers who arrived from fromColombo , they were remanded only until tomorrow. However Mangala Samarawera who wasarrested prior was released after recording a statement of his at SSP Deshabandu Tennekoon’soffice.The UNP divisional leaders who were remanded were : Devinuwara UNP organizer M.R.Wimalasiri, Habaraduwa UNP organizer and provincial council (PC) member Lionel Ipalawatte, Welipenna organizer PC member Gayan Sanjeewa, Matara Municipal council oppositionleader Upul Nishantha , Matara Municipal council members Nalinda Abeygunawardena, NuskiIqbal, and Matara local body opposition leader Lionel Kodikkara.A team of lawyers including Dinesh Dodamgoda and Upul Kumaraperuma appeared for thisgroup and for those arrested.Those arrested among the other group were : Ms. Chinthika Lalani who contested the MataraMC at the last elections under UNP ticket. She had been arrested this early morning (8) at about1.45 a.m. A number of police officers had arrived to arrest her , and no women police officer had accompanied them . Hence this is an absolutely unlawful act. Matara local body oppositionleader lionel Kodikkara had been taken into custody at about 12. 15 a.m. when he was at hishome . Chaminda who works in Mangala Samaraweera’s office was taken into custody whilehe was at work in the office. Similarly , Dilshan who works in the UNP Matara office wasarrested at 10.00 p.m. while Ushantha was arrested this early morning at 2.00 .These office workers had not participated in anything , and some others who were arrested hadnot even been in Matara district yesterday. It is learnt that they have been arrested based on alist furnished by a secretary of Dallas Alahaperuma.Mangala Samaraweera M.P. who made a statement to Lanka e news after his release said , based on a witch hunt , the UNP people’s representatives , organizers and activists of Mataradistrict are being victimized and attacked . Even those who do his cooking and washing at hishome and not knowing anything had been arrested unfairly.In some cases , the police have gone to their houses and broken down their doors . Theregime’s leaders have furnished a list of names to the police to arrest them before 6.00 a.m.Jaliya Jayawardena a party organizer was attacked by Maithri and Shiral brutally after puttinghim down , and these have all been clearly videotaped , yet none of them had been arrested ,Mangala pointed out.Even a statement had not been recorded of Maithri or Shiral, Mangala added. Owing to theshooting by Herman Gunaratne, the father of Maithri who organized this conspiratorial march ,a voluntary service soldier , Harsha Kumara of the army who was on his way to work had

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