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Police fail to fabricate charges against JVP members arrested for pasting posters

It is reported that Welikada Police has not taken any legal action against the two JVP members who were arrested yesterday (28th) while pasting posters. The two JVP members who were later released yesterday had come to Court with their lawyers today morning. However, the police officers of Welikada Police had told them legal action was not taken as there were no reason to charge them. Accordingly, the police have indirectly admitted the two members were arbitrarily arrested.

Speaking to ‘Lankatruth’ regarding this incident the leader of the JVP group of candidates for Colombo Municipal election Sunil Watagala said it is an instant of the police acting arbitrarily, twisting the law according to their fancies and in a very partial manner. He said such action totally violates the right of people for free speech and information and legal action would be taken against the arbitrary and discriminatory action of the police.

He said the police had got the two members arrested yesterday to remove anti-government posters and cutouts in Rajagiriya area and added it is an instant of police acting beyond their limits.
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