July 04, 2010: All police officers, who had been on duty at the Mattakkuliya police station when a tense situation arose there last night, have been transferred.

Police had arrested about 100 suspects over the incident and some of them were produced before M. M. Mohamed, Colombo Additional Magistrate, who ordered them detained with the Colombo Crimes Division.

The suspects were ordered to be produced in court again tomorrow morning.

“The situation arose when a suspect in connection with a heroin racket was taken into custody,” said SP Prishantha Jayakody, Police media spokesman.

At the police station, the suspect had injured himself by breaking a glass and he was later admitted to Colombo National Hospital.

According to the police media spokesman, the tense situation had arisen when area residents staged a protest at the Mutwal police station.

The assistance of soldiers too had to be sought to quell the tense situation.

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