Sri Lanka ACMC leader Rishad Bathiudeen’s vehicle convoy comes under attack
Leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) and former Minister RishadBathiudeen’s vehicle convoy was attacked by unidentified persons in Kadaymottai, Mundalam in Puttalam this evening, the police said.
It has been reported that the road was blocked in the Mundalama area and the vehicles were attacked when RishadBathiudeen and a group were traveling to meet supporters in Mundalama area this evening. Over 10 people have reportedly joined the attack.
A group of people blocked th road had stopped the vehicles while another group in hiding have sprung up and attacked the vehicles with clubs and stones, the passengers in the vehicles said.
MP RishadBathiudeen’s vehicle was also hit by stones, but no injuries have been reported. However, several vehicles were damaged and some in the group have been injured.
The injured have been admitted to the Puttalam Base hospital. However, Mundalama police said that only one vehicle was damaged and the police have not received any information about the injured.
All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), Sri Lanka Muslim party, headed by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen hailed the decision by Sri Lanka’s leading Tamil coalition to back New Democratic Front (NDF) candidate Sajith Premadasa in the forthcoming Presidential election.
“I praise Tamil National Alliance’ decision to support NDF candidate Sajith Premadasa in the Presidential election. Their unconditional support is good news and it makes us very happy,” said ACMC leader, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen.
Addressing a pre-election rally in support of Premadasa in Salambakulam, Vavuniya yesterday (Nov. 03) ACMC Leader Bathiudeen reminded that Sri Lankan minorities were united during 2015 Presidential elections too.
“Tamils and Muslims supported the Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena in the 2015 Presidential election and got him elected as the President. The minorities are uniting this time to elect Sajith Premadasa and Sajith will be the winner this time,” Bathiudeen said adding that the majority of the Sri Lankan minorities now support Sajith Premadasa.
“The racists within the opposition Presidential Candidate’s camp will be silenced once Sajith wins this election. They harassed our Muslims after Easter Sunday attacks to fan the flames of communalism within the majority community so that their votes would increase within the majority, thereby returning them to power,” Minister Bathiudeen said.
ACMC Leader cautioned that “If the opposition Presidential Candidate wins and returns to power, the minorities of Sri Lanka should be ready to face lawless, racist tyranny.”
ACMC had pledged its support to Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa of the UNP led alliance New Democratic Front (NDF) at the election on November 16.