SSP Keerthiratne arrested over Rambukkana shooting.

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The former SSP for Kegalle, K.B. Keerthirathna arrested by the CID in Colombo today over the shooting which took place in Rambukkana.

The Kegalle Magistrate ordered the Inspector General of Police to arrest the Senior Superintendent of Police who ordered to open fire at protestors in Rambukkana recently, as well as the police officers who were involved in it.

It was revealed in court that the man who died when police opened fire at protestors, had in fact died due to gun shot injuries.

Moreover, three other members of the firing squad were arrested in the Kundasale area in Kandy.

THE INCIDENT:

The Rambukkana protests erupted over delayed petrol deliveries and sharp new price increases in petrol and diesel announced on Monday (18).

On Tuesday, the 19th of April 2022, demonstrators blocked main roads and a railway line.

Police began directing tear gas at thousands of protesters in the afternoon and then suddenly, without warning, opened fire with live rounds.

Chaminda Lakshan, a 40-year-old father of two from Naranbedda, a village near Rambukkana, was shot. He died soon after being admitted to Kegalle hospital.

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