15 police officers injured in Sri Lanka opposition protest

Feb 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka police said at least 15 police officers received injuries today when the protestors of Sri Lanka’s major opposition United National Party clashed with the police and hurled stones at them.

The injured included three Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs), police spokesman Superintendent of Police Ajith Rohana said.

The police fired tear gas and water cannons trying to block the protestors marching from the Fort Railway Station towards the President’s house Temple Trees and barricaded the road.

Angry protesters then have pelted stones at the police.

The UNP parliamentarian Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena also received injuries when a tear gas canister reportedly struck his head.

The police closed the main road in front of the Fort Railway Station stranding the rush hour commuters heading home.

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