54 arrested over Mirihana protest

Sri Lankan people protest near President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's Mirihana Residence in Sri Lanka

(AP Photo / Eranga Jayawardena)

A total of 54 people were arrested from the group of protestors at Pengiriwatta Mawatha in Mirihana, which leads to the President’s residence last night (March 31), the Police Media Spokesman says.

Police stated that a woman was among them.

Nearly 50 persons including police, STF and journalists were hospitalised after being injured during the protest.

Police Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said several vehicles including two buses, a jeep, three-wheeler, two motorcycles were also set on fire during the protest.

He said the arrested would be produced before the Nugegoda Magistrate’s Court.

UPDATE – 09:20 AM:

Meanwhile, the Nugegoda-Maharagama 119 road has been closed.

The Police further stated only the residents can travel on the relevant road until further notice.