UNP files HR petition against arrests following intra-party clashes in Matara

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The United National Party yesterday filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka against the arrests made of its party supporters following the clashes in Matara on 5 October. The UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake was accompanied by UNP Communications Director Mangala Samaraweera, who was also arrested in connection with the clashes at the Human Rights Commission at noon yesterday. The UNP alleges in its petition to the Commission that the arrests made were illegal. The police acted with prejudice and arrested many people unconnected with the clashes in Matara, UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said. He said the Police was hunting UNP supporters in the southern city. UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera said that the UNP would be filing a case against Herman Guneratne, who was also arrested after he wielded a gun during the clashes injuring several people. Guneratne is the father of expelled UNP Member and Southern Provincial Councillor Maithri Guneratne. (DB)