Kolonnawa UC Chairman arrested remanded

The Bar Association noted that among those injured in the attack were attorney- at- law Nuwan Bopege who is also a member of the Executive Committee, who has given leadership to the movement which has campaigned for the rights of the people of the Kolonnawa and Meethotamulla areas to live in an environment free from the squalor and pollution caused by the uncontrolled dumping of garbage which for years has not been resolved by the authorities. Kolonnawa Urban Council Ravindra Udaya Shantha was arrested and remanded till January 4 over the assault on a group of residents in the Meethotamulla area.Those assaulted had taken part in a protest against the dumping of garbage in Meethotamulla. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) had yesterday condemned in the strongest terms the attack allegedly led by the head of a local government authority, on a group protesting against the garbage dump at Kolonnawa on December 27 night and demanded that the assailants be immediately apprehended and dealt with according to law, irrespective of their status. The Bar Association also called upon both the President and the Prime Minister and other political leaders to take immediate steps to curb such unwarranted conduct on the part of politicians and to take deterrent action to prevent a recurrence of such incidents in the future. (Colombo Gazette)