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Road rage Army Officer arrested and bailed

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By Pamodi Waravita The Army officer and his driver involved in the assault incident in Kesbewa last Saturday (2) have been arrested by the Kesbewa Police and later released on bail, Police Media Spokesperson Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nihal Thalduwa told The Morning yesterday (3).  “The 31-year-old motorcyclist had knocked the side mirror of the vehicle that the Army officer was travelling in. However, the motorcyclist had driven on without stopping. He has sped on past a police barricade also, which had hailed him to stop. The Army officer’s vehicle had caught up with the motorcyclist, after which the assault had taken place. The motorcyclist was then admitted to a hospital in the area, and later advised to be transferred to the Colombo South Teaching Hospital (Kalubowila). However, the motorcyclist has refused to be transferred, citing that he is in good health,” explained SSP Thalduwa. A video circulating on social media shows the Army officer being accused by a crowd of people of assaulting a young man until he allegedly “vomited blood”, following a road accident between the pair. SSP Thalduwa added that the three people involved in the accident had been summoned to the Police, where the Army officer was arrested on charges of assault and his driver was arrested for hindering the vehicle movement of the motorcyclist. He said that a separate case is ongoing against the motorcyclist, who had been driving without a valid drivers’ license.  “The motorcyclist has volunteered to not pursue the case of assault,” SSP Thalduwa further said.

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