Five more arrested over Sri Lanka election day shootout

Oct 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka police have arrested five more suspects on Monday in Colombo and the outskirts over the election day shooting in a suburb of the Sri Lankan capital.

The gun battle between two groups of supporters of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in Mulleriyawa on last Saturday (08) claimed the lives of four people including a former ruling party legislator, Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra.

The shooting injured five more people, one of whom succumbed to his injuries yesterday. Among the injured is the ruling party parliamentarian Duminda Silva receiving treatment on life support at the Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital.

The police earlier arrested a suspect along with 12 pistols, two revolvers and two T-56 weapons.

The Criminal Investigations Department is conducting comprehensive inquiries and the government has said the investigation would be impartial.

Police Media Spokesman SSP Maxi Procter has said that accordingly inquiries into the Mulleriyawa shoot out were being broad based.

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