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CWC member’s protest escalates: Assaulted estate manager in ICU 

  • No warrant for CWC member yet 

 

By Pamodi Waravita 

 

A trainee manager at the Kandapola Park Estate, located in the Uva Province, had been assaulted on 17 January amidst a protest led by Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) Member Marudapandy Rameshwaran, The Morning learnt. 

According to the Police Media Unit, the protest led by Rameshwaran had been held in front of the house of the Estate Manager, Ajith Pieris, who was not home. During the protest this 21-year-old trainee manager, who had been present at the location, had been assaulted. 

“Pieris and his wife had not been at home during the time of the protest. The trainee manager is currently undergoing treatment at the Nuwara Eliya Hospital,” an officer attached to the Police Media Unit told The Morning yesterday (20). 

He further said that the injured manager had identified one person who had been involved in the incident, which had led to the latter’s arrest. 

However, he clarified that there has been no warrant issued for Rameshwaran’s arrest as they are yet to confirm whether he had been involved in the assault as well. 

Speaking to The Morning yesterday, former Planters’ Association (PA) Chairman and its incumbent Media Spokesman Dr. Roshan Rajadurai alleged that Rameshwaran had entered the said estate manager’s bungalow with two busloads of people, following a dispute over the phone with Pieris and his wife. 

Dr. Rajadurai also said that the trainee manager who was assaulted is currently in “serious” condition at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. 

Responding to claims that the dispute had occurred following requests by the estate workers to release land at the plantation for their housing needs, Dr. Rajadurai said that housing had already been granted to 44,000 workers by the private plantation companies. 

Dr. Rajadurai added that the PA strongly condemned this “mob violence” as workers have a proper path of communication through official channels if they want to raise their problems without resorting to violent means. 

“The company and the manager have already taken the necessary legal steps regarding the matter. However, the PA would also be taking further steps, although it is too early to divulge at this moment,” he added. 

When contacted by The Morning, the CWC directed us to Rameshwaran who was not available for comment. 

The Police are conducting further investigations into the incident.