The residents have protested against a large area of hills being razed for earth in Wilgamuwa Watta and the contractors in charge of the task have assaulted the residents.
It is said that the contractors are led by a one Upul Priyantha, who is said to be a close associate of MP Shantha Bandara.
Accordingly, police have arrested Upul Priyantha and a one Suresh Nissanka. (Although the Dambadeniya police had initially evaded making the arrests, they were later pressurised to do so due to media reports.)
Not the first time
According to media reports, this is not the first time civilians were assaulted in this manner.
One resident, W.M.Ajith Priyankara is currently in hospital due to injuries resulting from the incident.
30 million m³ of earth
According to reports, 30 million cubic metres of earth is required to build the 111km-long Central Expressway with around 275,000 cubic metres of earth required for each kilometre.
Environmentalists say that at this rate, a large area of hills would be destroyed by the time the expressway is built.
On several instances, Minister of Highways - Lakshman Kiriella was slammed by the media over reports of malpractices with regard to the building of the expressway.