A group of Opposition members staging a protest at the Hambantota bus stand this morning, including the Opposition leader of Hambanthota Municipal Council, Ayub Khan had been attacked by a group of thugs led by Hambanthota Mayor Eraj Fernando.
The Opposition members along with the ‘Veediye Virodaya’ group that performs street drama criticizing the Rajapaksa regime, had been engaged in performing a play and staging a protest at the Hambantota bus stand at about 9 am this morning when the attack took place.
A group of thugs led by Fernando – the infamous owner of the ‘toy pistol’ who attacked and threatened Opposition MPs who were on an inspection visit to the Hambanthota port earlier this year – had arrived at the location dressed in t-shirts that read ‘Team Eraj’, armed with knives and clubs.
They had attacked the Opposition members including Veediye Virodaya members Brito Fernando, Nimal Dissanayake and Jayatilleke Bandara heavily. Those injured have admitted themselves to the Matara hospital.
A complaint has also been lodged at the Hambantota Police regarding the incident.