Fight at “Temple Trees” between factions supporting Fonseka and JVP over food served to visiting crowds Results in 10 Pewrsons Being Hospitalised with Injuries

BY Buddhika Samaraweera

At least 10 people were injured during a clash yesterday (12) in the premises of the Prime Minister’s official residence, the Temple Trees, which was taken over by the people during the massive public protests on 9 July.

When contacted by The Morning, a person who was near the Temple Trees premises mentioned that the conflict is believed to have arisen due to a long-running conversation between two groups regarding the food prepared at the premises to be distributed to the visiting crowd.

It was also reported that the clash took place between a group of supporters of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka and another group of supporters of the National People’s Power (NPP) led by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), both of which are engaged in the ongoing struggle.

At least 10 people who were injured in the clash have been admitted to the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL) in Colombo and two of them have since been discharged after receiving treatment.

Meanwhile, speaking to The Morning, Police Media Spokesman, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), and Attorney-at-Law (AAL) Nihal Thalduwa said that an investigation is currently being conducted regarding the incident. He also said that some of the injured had sustained cut wounds during the clash.

Another tense situation had erupted at the Temple Trees premises on Monday (11) night, following a group of persons who were staying at a room inside the Temple Trees being questioned by another group.

A massive public protest demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the Government was held in Colombo on 9 July. Security forces used various methods, such as tear gassing, to drive the protestors away on that day; however, the protestors were able to seize control of the President’s house (the President’s official residence), the Presidential Secretariat, and the Temple Trees. Since then, people in large numbers are seen waiting in long queues to visit these buildings, to which the general public had not been given access previously.

Courtesy:The Morning