Arson attack on Presidential candidate’s stage in Waduramba

An arson attack was reported to CMEV around a stage prepared for a meeting of the Common candidate Maithripala Sirisena, and truck bearing number 48-7143 transporting sound equipment to the meeting at 6.55am near the Wadhuramba public bus stand in Baddegama.

The meeting had been scheduled to start at 5.30 p.m. with participation of Maithripala Sirisena, Sajith Premadasa, Sarath Fonseka and other political leaders from the Opposition. A group of unidentified armed people who arrived by one Land Rover Defender and another Jeep without number plates had attacked the truck which transported the sound equipment and set fire to the stage and sound equipment containers.

Three people who were in charge of sound equipment had fled as they had been threatened by the group. Mr. Premalal Liyanage, a Member of the Baddegama Pradeshiya Sabha has lodged a complaint with the Wadhuramba police station, under the file number RIB 02/15. A CMEV monitor visited the location and confirmed the incident. He further reported that a campaign office of a UPFA candidate is also established in very close proximity to the location where the stage had erected.