UNP runs into trouble in Beruwala
A United National Party delegation that travelled to Aluthgama and Beruwala last evening ran into trouble with the mob stationed at the entrance to one of the towns, Parliamentarian Dr. Harsha De Silva said yesterday.
The UNP MP said that the mob had refused to permit the Opposition delegation to pass because it included Muslim MPs, including Kabir Hashim and Western Provincial Councillor, Mujibur Rahuman.
UNP Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya, Party General Secretary Tissa Attanayake and MP Eran Wickremaratne were also part of the delegation.
De Silva said the group had come ‘face to face’ with an unruly drunk and abusive mob. “They threatened physical harm against Muslim representatives in our group, if we did not turn back. Sad to say, the situation in Beruwala does not seem anything near ‘normal’ as told to us by the Government Ministry of Law and Order,” the UNP MP said on his Facebook page.
The group also visited the Chief Prelate of the ‘Kandey Vihare’ temple and requested him to intervene to keep the peace by advising the villagers. “We felt the tension and it was certainly very high. The STF and heavily-armed military personnel were visible everywhere. I sincerely hope the authorities bring the situation under control because a lapse would result in unspeakable mayhem,” the UNP MP said.