An investigation has been initiated into an incident where a former MP of Kalutara district had fired gunshots into the air.
The former MP – Mr. P.D. Abayaratne, who is the Horana organizer of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, had done so to scare a group of people.
Horana police says that Mr. Abayaratne has been arrested and his 9mm type firearm has been seized with 03 live bullets. He is to be produced before the Horana Magistrate Court.
According to the police, Mr. Abayaratne had gone to inspect a tea cultivation owned by him. He had fired shots into the air after a heated exchange of words with a group of persons who had trespassed on the land which had escalated to a level where one trespasser had attempted to attack the regional politician with an axe.
Police say that Mr. Abayaratne had fired two shots into the air and that investigations have revealed that he does possess a legal permit for the firearm.