At least 55 people, including Samagi Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarian Suresh Vadivale, were injured in incidents around the Fort area where Police used tear gas to disperse protesters yesterday morning, hospital sources said.
The National Hospital’s Accident Service Coordinator, Pushpa R. Zoysa, said that among the injured were three civilians who had suffered gun shot injuries and they had undergone surgery.
Mr Vadivale had suffered injuries when some of the protesters manhandled him. Earlier Samagi Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarian Rajitha Senarathna who took part in the protest was manhandled, but his security officers managed to rescue him.
Sirasa Television live coverage and news telecast said six of its journalists were injured in an attack by the Police Special Task Force outside the Prime Minister’s private residence off Thurstan road.
Ms Zoysa said most of those injured had minor injuries, such as bruises, injuries obtained after falling, head injuries and complications occurring after being exposed to tear gas.