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Over 20 incidents of post-election violence in 72 hours – CMEV

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The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) states that 22  incidents of post-election violence have been recorded in the 72 hours since election night.

CMEV National Coordinator Manjula Gajanayake told RepublicNext that a majority of these incidents occurred at small-scale rallies held to celebrate of the victory or participation of some of the candidates.

Since no one is talking about these incidents of violence after the election and since local police stations appear lethargic in investigating them, Gajanayake said the CMEV has taken it upon itself to bring them to the attention of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Gajanayake also mentioned an incident where a female United National Party (UNP) member of the Imaduwa  Pradeshiya Sabha came under attack by two bikers using their helmets on Sunday (17 Nov). The victim was hospitalised and later transferred to Karapitiya hospital. 

While the victim has disclosed to the CMEV that she can identify the attackers, Gajanayake said the Ahangama police have yet to arrest a single suspect.

Regarding the murder recorded on election night (16 Nov) in Hambantota, he said it was due to a personal dispute unrelated to the election.

Police had reported that the person was killed trying to stop an argument in Badagiriya in Hambantota. The victim succumbed to his injuries before being hospitalised.

The letter written to acting IGP C. D. Wickramarathna by the CMEV is as follows: