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A Battle rages near Deniyaya Palace: Ravi Karunanayake injured; several vehicles damaged
(Lanka-e-News 04.Oct.2009 7.00PM) UNP Gen. Secretary Tissa Attanayake, and UNP M.P.s who were on the way to Beverly estate where the controversial Deniyaya Palace is being built were brutally attacked. This construction has come under heavy criticism from the Opposition as being outrageously corrupt and Sate Maha neguma funds are being illicitly used.

Ravi Karunanayake received head injuries while 20 vehicles were damaged. 80 vehicles hade been en route along with Matara District UNP candidates and thousands of supporters.

The PA supporters of the PA who had wind of this arrival ahead had been prepared . The State media this morning announced that armed attackers , and about three thousand PA supporters and villagers had launched an attack on these UNP M.P.s who arrived to demonstrate their opposition to this Palace construction. It is reported that as both factions were pitched in a battle , the Police had to use tear gas.

UNP Gen. Secretary Tissa Attanayake stated ,Minister Dilan Perera and Beverly Palace owner Thusitha Ranawaka and PA supporters had orchestrated this attack. Their vehicles in which they traveled too were wrested from them . They had been traveling down the road constructed under the Maga neguma project using people’s funds, he added.

Minister Dilan Perera has however denied the allegations . He stated that he intervened and released the vehicles back.

It is learnt that a group of media personnel had also sustained injuries in this incident.
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