Sri Lanka Police lift curfew imposed after yesterday’s fatal shooting

Oct 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka police have lifted the curfew imposed on the Mulleriyawa police division following the shooting between two political groups yesterday that resulted in four deaths including a former legislator.

Police Spokesman SSP Maxi Procter has said that the curfew has been removed from 6 am Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Army Personnel have been deployed in the area to ensure the security and maintain the law and order, state-run radio SLBC reported.

Saturday’s gun battle between supporters of two ruling party politicians killed a former ruling party MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, who is also a presidential adviser, his body guard and a driver. Another supporter also was killed while a rival ruling party parliamentarian Duminda Silva was critically wounded.

Four others who received injuries remain at the Colombo National Hospital in serious condition, according to hospital sources.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has taken over the investigation into the shooting. The circumstances that led to the shooting remain hazy while which group started the gunfire is yet to be determined.

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