ATTACK ON RDA MEN REMOVING STRUCTURE: PS OPPOSITION LEADER, 4 OTHER REMANDED
October 15, 2010: The Opposition leader of the Ambagamuwa Pradeshiya Sabha and four others have been remanded for allegedly attacking officials of the Road Development Authority (RDA) who had been removing an unauthorised structure at the Norwood junction on the Hatton – Maskeliya main road yesterday.
Three officials of the RDA, including the backhoe driver, had been injured in the incident.
The attack had taken place when the RDA men were removing an unauthorised shop at the Norwood junction with the use of a backhoe under police protection.
The five persons had pelted stones and bottles at the RDA men and three officers, who had sustained injuries, have been admitted to Dickoya District Hospital.
Policemen from Hatton had arrived at the location to control the situation.
According to the Newsfirst correspondent, the unauthorised structure had been removed.
The suspects were produced before the Hatton magistrate yesterday and remanded till October 18.
It seems the police protection provided for the removal of the unauthorized structure has been woefully inadequate. Had proper police protection been provided the workmen and the RDA officials would not have been injured. The police should therefore pay compensation to the officials who were injured through their failure to protect the officials adequately.
We cannot let criminals and mafia rule the country. These men corrupt MPs and police with large bribes,for free reign, crippling the country in their tentacles of crime. If there is no law and order there will be anarchy. Even in powerful Western countries the battle against organised crime is never ending.
For a country to thrive economically, in peace and harmony, there has to be the rule of law enacted by the Parliament. Some criminals seize government land to erect their business premises for their own use or to rent out at a great profit. It is right that such crimes are prohibited to prevent chaos and anarchy.
I hope the senior officers involved in providing security review and accept their fault in not providing adequate protection to the RDA officials and workmen who removed the unlawful structures. I hope in future such operations adequate protection is provided.
hello i am there person who involved in this case i wanted to tell you this ……they are telling our shop is unauthorized structure we build this shop 14 years before ….that time no one came and didn’t say anything we had electricity,slt telecom line ….also we paid tax more then 10 years
my father is a U.N.P.member also he is the opposite party leader so they wanted to revenge my father[big bad politician of upcountry] so they send us a letter that they are going to remove the shop.on 14 th of October 2010 15 th morning they came and they started to remove it when my mother sister myself my father all are inside we had more then 20 lakhs things so that time suddenly i came out i had my camera in my hand i started to take pics so one police man came and he took my camera and he started to hit me and he took me to police station ….tell me now what is the fault i did here ….kindly tell me we all are living in a democracy country isn’t it ….then only my brother and my father started to fight with that people.they removed our shop without court order also they put case against to us that we damaged government property but that backhoe is a private property …for me its planed political revenge …but in now tell me who’s fault is this being a educated guy i am telling what happened to us its unfair