Police crackdown on protesters in Lanka: 1 dead
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 22:48
Colombo: One person was killed while four others were injured Wednesday as Sri Lankan police fired on fishermen protesting a fuel price increase.

A 35-year-old, father of two, was killed when police fired teargas shells and used water cannons to disperse the protesting fishermen in north-western coastal town of Chilaw.

The government on Saturday affected a drastic retail price increase in fuel and today's protests were to press the govt to roll back the hike in diesel and kerosene prices.

"The protesters turned violent. They stoned the judge's and the police superintendent's residences and also attacked police constables," police spokesman Ajith Rohana said.

In the capital city of Colombo protests by opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) against the hike in fuel prices was quelled by police.

"It was a very unruly protest. The police had to intervene," the spokesman said.

The opposition has accused the government of economic mismanagement which according to them was causing hardships to people.

Government, however, termed the protests as unreasonable, saying it had already announced subsidy payments.


First Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 22:48

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