As the Sri Lankan economic crisis persists, a 31-year-old suspect was arrested for stealing about 50 tear gas canisters from police during protests at Polduwa Junction near Parliament, media reports said.
The man stole the canisters on July 13 when the police and the army were trying to disperse protesters who tried to advance toward parliament.
A group of protesters attacked a three-wheeler belonging to the police that was carrying tear gas canisters to the Polduwa Junction protest site. After the incident, the Welikada Police has initiated an investigation into the matter.
The police said that on Sunday they arrested a suspect at Obeysekarapura and recovered 50 teargas canisters from his residence in Borella following the questioning. As per reports, the suspect was a mason by profession and a resident of Polonnaruwa.
Sri Lanka’s Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe issued an Extraordinary Gazette declaring a State of Emergency in the island nation with effect from Monday, as the country grapples with social unrest and crippling economic crisis.