One dead after Police shot a group of protesters in Rambukkana
The Police have fired tear gas to disperse protestors who are blocking the Rambukkana Railway Crossing for over 15 hours.
The protestors are on the road after fuel prices were hiked late last night.
Sources from the Kegalle Hospital say that one person has died as a result of a shooting using live ammunition by Police.
12 injured persons have been admitted to the Kegalle Hospital and it is reported that the condition of four of them is critical.
Another person who was injured in the incident has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Kegalle Hospital.
Meanwhile our correspondent stated that a heated situation has already arisen between the protesters and the police in Rambukkana.
He added that gunfire was heard continuously.
Multiple protests are taking place against the fuel price hike and the shortage of fuel across many areas in Sri Lanka today (April 19).
Protests are currently taking place in Rambukkana, Hingurakgoda, Baddegama, Digana, Gampola, Ratnapura, and Theldeniya.
Furthermore, people have obstructed the railroad from Rambukkana, prompting delay in train services along the road, in addition to many shops and businesses in the Rambukkana Town being closed down in support of these protests.
After nearly 2 weeks of poison and inciting, ARAGALAYA has born fruits!
OK, here we have it !!! Clearly ANARCHY is setting in with breakdown of social order and it is pathetic to see there is no ‘government’ and ‘authority’ to safeguard life and property. Just the other day I witnessed a family vehicle being stopped at an ‘Aragalaya’ road block and the occupants being mercilessly assaulted and the vehicle being smashed – all the while the impotent SL Police that was present was just scurrying around like chicken without heads, acting powerless to stop it! Libya, Iraq, Lebanon anyone? Looks like there are many brainwashed Sri Lankans yearning for it! Well, be prepared to reap what you sow and remember there is no Rewind button here.
We all support peaceful protests/demos. That said, violent protests should be condemn. In my opinion, ‘aragalaya’ needed fuel to continue and they got it by this ‘Billa”.