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Two LG candidates, woman arrested for possessing yellow wine

Kalawana Police had arrested two candidates contesting the upcoming local government (LG) election for the Kalawana Pradeshiya Sabha and one other woman on Tuesday night (31), while they were transporting Yellow Wine (wenivelgata) in a three-wheeler, during a search operation carried out in the Kalawana area on the directives of Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara.

The police team had stopped the three-wheeler at the Aluthwatte area at around 11.30 pm on Tuesday and upon inspection, had discovered 196.2 kg of the native herb, packed in polythene bags. The suspects had been transporting the stock of herbs on the pretext of carrying out election activities.

The value of the stock of Yellow Wine taken into custody had not been determined so far. The three suspects were to be produced before the Ratnapura Magistrate.