52 persons have been taken into custody on suspicion of damaging public property at the agitation held ignoring orders by Hambanthota Magistrate. The agitation was held against the laying of a foundation stone for the said investment zone at Hambanthota yesterday (7th).
It is also reported that a special investigation is being carried out to arrest several others involved in the incident. However, no powerful politician has been arrested despite many were seen taking part in the agitation.
Hambanthota Magistrate Manjula Karunarathna had issued a restraining order prohibiting persons from engaging in any protest or demonstration in or near the premises of the Hambantota Port. However, at a discussion held with Maha Sangha at Walawa Temple Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had ordered the Minister of Law and Order Sagala Rathnayaka to give necessary instructions to the police to withdraw the restraining order.
The Prime Minister and Minister Sagala Rathnayaka had participated in the relevant discussion on the invitation of former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa. The restraining order had been issued against 26 people including five Bhikkus, Mr. Chamal Rajapaksa and Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa.