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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2963

Three females died while nine others injured in a stampede in Maligawatte

By Manjari Peiris
Colombo, 21 May, (Asiantribune.com):

A stampede occurred near a house in Jumma Masjid Street in Maligawatta area during a private aid distribution program.

Three females have died while several others sustained injuries. The injured persons have been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital.

6 people who organized the aid distribution has been arrested.

The stampede occurred near a house in Jumma Masjid Street as a person was handing out cash to the residents of the area.

It is reported that several hundreds of people had attended this event.

Western Province Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon stated that the individual in question is a businessman from Dehiwala, who had obtained a curfew pass from Dehiwala Police, claiming that it was for this business activities.

DIG Tennakoon noted that this businessman had not informed any relevant authorities of this private donation event.
Legal action will be sought against the arrestees for assembling people during curfew hours without the knowledge of the police and disregarding instructions for social distancing., he added.

In the meantime, the injured persons have been admitted to the National Hospital in Colombo for treatment.

- Asian Tribune -

Three females died while nine others injured in a stampede in Maligawatte
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