Policeman arrested for firing at Sri Lanka ruling party HQ

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Policeman arrested for firing at Sri Lanka ruling party HQ

Colombo, May 1 (AFP) An off-duty police constable was arrested after he fired shots at Sri Lanka’s ruling party headquarters in Colombo on May Day today, police said, adding that no-one was injured.

The 41-year-old had used his automatic assault rifle to fire at the United National Party headquarters, police said, adding that they were investigating his motive.

“There were no casualties, but some of the windows were damaged,” a police official told AFP. He added that a replica of an elephant, the party symbol, was also hit during the shooting.

“The constable is in custody,” added the official, who did not wish to be named.

Most of the party workers were away attending a May Day rally when the attack took place.

The official said the man had previously been a police commando and was currently a sentry at the home of a top civil servant in charge of the Law and Order ministry.

Police had deployed over 7,000 constables to beef up security for 15 different May Day rallies which went off peacefully.

There were two deaths at one of the venues because of heat exhaustion, police and hospital sources said.

Sri Lanka routinely tightens security for May Day events since the assassination of president Ranasinghe Premadasa while attending a party procession 24 years ago. (AFP) RC

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