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Namal reports to Hambantota Police station

Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa arrived at Hambantota Police station yesterday morning after he was summoned in connection with the protest held in Hambantota on October 6.

Police sources said that Rajapaksa was asked to appear on another date by the Police after he told them that he had to attend Parliament in the afternoon.

The Police had summoned Rajapaksa to record a statement with regard to the protest held at Hambantota by the Joint Opposition group despite a Restraining Order by the Hambantota Magistrate’s Court.

Rajapaksa told journalists outside the Police station that they should also summon the senior police officer who had allegedly assaulted a protester.

He criticized the alleged attack by the officer on the protestor vehemently.

However, several other JO members summoned by the Police had not been present yesterday and Police sources said they have requested another date.

The Police used tear gas to disperse the protestors as they attempted to enter the Indian Consulate premises in Hambantota during the protest on October 6.

Twenty-eight persons were arrested and remanded following the incident. The Police said that suspects were arrested for unruly behaviour and damaging public property.

The protest was against a proposed joint development venture by the government with overseas stakeholders from China and India to develop the Mattala Airport and the Hambantota port.