Three CEB employees on duty attacked; power outage until suspects arrested | Daily News

Three CEB employees on duty attacked; power outage until suspects arrested

CEB employees being attacked.-The protest in progress.
CEB employees being attacked.-The protest in progress.

Three employees of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) had been admitted to the Kandy General Hospital after they were assaulted in Bahirawakanda, Kandy on Monday.

The employees were attacked while they were going to Bahirawakanda to remove an electricity post that fell on to a house on Monday evening, Police said.

Bahirwakanda Sri Maha Bodhi Viharaya Chief Incumbent Ven. Yatawatte Dhammananda Thera said that people in many areas including Mapanawathu and Katukele have been undergoing power outage as the CEB employees stopped maintenance after the incident.

The Thera said that many pupils in the area study online and the power outage has caused an immense inconvenience for them. “Hundreds of families in the area are facing inconvenience because of a few persons’ misdeeds,” the Thera said.

A complaint has been lodged at the Kandy Police in this regard and no person has been arrested yet. Central Province Electricity Technicians Association’s Secretary Electricity Superintendent V. B. Madugalle said. The Province may experience power interruptions further if police does not take action to arrest the suspects, he said.

A trade union campaign will be launched in the Province if authorities fail to take swift action against the culprits, he said

Kandy SSP Chamil Ratnayake said that three teams have been deployed to arrest the suspects. Over a thousand of CEB employees yesterday held a protest at the Kandy Police demanding the arrest of the suspects.