Shooting incident under close scrutiny
The police is conducting investigations on the shooting incident at
Katuwana on different lines, said Police Media Spokesman SP Ajith
Rohana. He said that the police will study the statements of those
present at the meeting.
The police will also analyse the scientific evidence and the
circumstances which led to the incident. The dispute between the JVP and
its dissidents will be probed, the SP said.
Meanwhile, special police teams have been deployed to arrest the
suspects involved in the shooting, he said.
The Special Task Force (STF) has also been deployed for
investigations, he said.
A group of assailants who came on four motorcycles armed with T 56
assault rifles stormed into the JVP meeting around 7 p.m. on Friday at
Katuwana in the Hambantota district.
Two persons, a woman and a youth died on the spot. The police
spokesman said the dead persons have been identified as Manel Edirimanne
(60) and J.P. Samantha (18).
He said 23-year-old, Pradeep Saranga who had been critically injured
in the shooting was transferred to the Embilipitiya hospital from the