Protest spoils SL Police move to protect Sinhala sand-scooper causing fatal accident in East

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 December 2018, 07:02 GMT]
A 29-year-old young Tamil-speaking Muslim man, identified as Mahrub Mahzoom succumbed to fatal injuries caused by a speeding vehicle, which was transporting sand through Batticaloa Moothoor road on Friday. The driver of the tipper vehicle, a Sinhalese, went into a police post and was trying to escape legal action. The Tamil-speaking Muslims launched a spontaneous protest demanding immediate legal action against the driver of the sand scoop vehicle. The people blocked roads and assaulted a police post at Periya-paalam, and the Sinhala policemen were forced to fire shots into the air to control the tense situation.

The victim who lost his life was a family man from Shaffi nakar. He was cycling on Batticaloa Moothoor Road when the speeding vehicle knocked him out.

The tense situation was brought under control only after SL Police bringing the Sinhala driver in front of the Magistrate.

There have been several fatal accidents caused by sand-scoopers from Polonnaruwa. Most of the tipper trucks are operated by Sinhala drivers, who get protection from the occupying Sinhala police in the East.


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