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Transporting Colombo’s garbage to Aruwakkalu:

Court restrains Puttalam protestors from attacks on trucks

Puttalam District Judge and Magistrate Anura Indrajith Buddhadasa yesterday issued an interim order restraining persons from protesting against or damaging trucks transporting Colombo’s garbage to the Aruwakkalu Garbage Recycling Plant.

The District Judge issued the restraining order following Puttalam Police HQI IP Nihal Kulathunga plea before court to prevent protestors from obstructing the smooth daily transfer of urban waste.

The Inspector told court that four persons namely M.A.Mohamed Iflal, A.W. Mohamed Ifham, M.Rizwan and M.Ajmal had planned the protest.

During yesterday’s hearing, police had informed court of the continuous protests which have been held against the transport of the garbage in recent weeks. Accordingly, court ordered that such protests should not be held and that the tipper trucks carrying garbage to Aruwakkalu should not be attacked.

The trucks that transport garbage from Colombo to Aruwakkalu have been regularly pelted with stones at several spots in the Thilladiya and Aruwakkalu localities causing damage to the vehicles. A Police Jeep providing security to those lorries also was damaged severely.

Police told Court that, if these protests and hindrances persisted, it would affect the social stability in the area and asked for an order preventing such acts of vandalism.

While issuing the order, the Magistrate emphasised that although a person has the right to freedom of assembly, acts of vandalism should not take place during such gatherings.


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