Seventy nine arrested in protest march get bail | Daily News

Seventy nine arrested in protest march get bail

Three released on Rs. 200,000 cash bail

Seventy nine out of 82 persons who were arrested during a protest organized by the Social Youth Union were granted police bail yesterday. Police took these persons into custody for being the members of an illegal assembly. Three women were also among those who were released on police bail yesterday. 

Three others namely Ven. Koswatte Mahanama Thera, Eranga Gunasekera and Samathi Mandhira who had committed offences earlier too were produced before the Maligakanda Magistrate and they were released on personal bail of Rs.200,000 each.

Police said that Samadhi Rajapaksa has been accused of trespassing Temple Trees while two others are also facing similar charges.

The Police Media Division said that when the protest march began proceeding towards Deans road from Lipton Circus, the protesters were notified through loudspeakers not to proceed as it was an illegal assembly under the Police Ordinance of 1865.

Protesters were warned for the second and third time to disperse themselves as it was an illegal assembly.As they proceeded despite repeated warnings from the police and their protest is causing obstructions to the movement of people and their properties, action was taken to disperse the protest as per the power entrusted with the police, Police Media Division said.


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