An alleged attack on Batticaloa Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Ravi Waidyalankara’s son by a group of youth led by Health Minister and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena’s son, last Sunday afternoon at the Passekudah Beach in the Eastern province, is being investigated by the Kalkudah police, ‘The Island’ reported on Tuesday.
Informed sources said the minister’s son together with 13 other friends were under the influence of alcohol, according to ‘Daily Mirror’.
Both groups had been staying at the Malu Malu Resort & Spa in Passekudah late Sunday afternoon and when the victim objected to his wife being photographed along with scantily clad people on the beach, the gang led by Minister Sirisena’s son had assaulted him, the victim has alleged.
The victim further said that the minister’s son while assaulting him had said that he is the son of the next Prime Minister of the country, according to the ‘Divaina’ newspaper.
Police arrested the minister’s son and his friends, following a complaint from the victim, recorded their statements and released them on police bail.
According the Police Headquarters, DIG’s son had left the Batticaloa General Hospital where he was rushed following the incident and DIG has told ‘The Island’ that he moved his son to Colombo from Batticaloa hospital ICU, as some medical tests had to be performed.
The police officer responding to a query said that Minister Sirisena had met him on Sunday evening.
Waidyalankara said that as a result of the assault there were lumps on his son’s head and he was rushing him to Colombo.
DIG said, “My son did not go to clash with a gang,” while asking, “But which husband would allow his wife’s photograph to be taken in that manner?”
Minister Sirisena claimed, responding to allegations, that DIG’s son had grabbed his son provoking his friends and according to the minister, in spite of the boys assuring him that there was no attempt to photograph his wife, the DIG’s son had been aggressive.
The minister alleged that in a bid to bring charges against his son and his friends, the DIG’s son has got himself admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Batticaloa hospital.
The minister further alleged that the police had been unfair and ignored the fact that the DIG’s son provoked the incident and said he had informed the incident to the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse on Sunday night.
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