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8 arrested over incident of monk & 2 women in temple

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08 persons have been arrested over the incident of assaulting a monk and two women at the Sri Sumanarama Viharaya in the Ihala Bomiriya area.

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ learns that they are to be produced before the Kaduwela Magistrate Court today (08).

They have been arrested over the complaint made by the monk involved – Ven. Pallegama Sumana Thera, who had alleged that the group had entered the premises when he was inside with a female relative and her daughter. The group had assaulted them and damaged belongings at the premises, the Thera had added.

Earlier, Minister of Public Security – Tiran Alles had ordered the police for the immediate arrest of persons involved in the incident, who had taken matters of the  law into their own hands.

The order was made last night to the SDIG of the Western Province – Deshabandu Tennakoon and the OIC of the Nawagamuwa police.

Videos of the incident, which showed persons forcibly stripping the women and assault, had gone viral online, sparking public debate.

However, those who have been released on police bail had reportedly said that they had gone to the premises after receiving a tipoff that the monk was inside the premises with two women.

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Policeman shoots himself dead

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A police sergeant shot himself near the Kotawila Court complex, using his service firearm.

The deceased is a 52-year-old sergeant attached to the Kotawila Police Station.He had killed himself at the police post of the Kotawila Court Complex after returning to work from a prolonged sick leave.

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Political parties to be briefed on Regulation of Election Expenditure Act

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The Election Commission of Sri Lanka has decided to brief all political parties on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act.

Chairman of the Commission – R. M. A. L. Ratnayake explained that the discussion will be held today (Feb. 27) and on March 06 as the upcoming elections will be the first to be held since the Act was passed.

According to the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act, all expenses incurred for the purpose of elections and campaigns must be limited, he noted.

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (Feb.26).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows:

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