An officer attached to the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), was threatened and his camera allegedly snatched by a supporter of a UPFA minister in the Polonnaruwa District, while he was observing two election campaigns led by two groups of Buddhist monks in support of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Common Opposition Presidential Candidate (COPC) Maithripala Sirisena in close proximity to each other on Tuesday evening in Polonnaruwa.
He had been threatened by Buddhist monks supporting both presidential candidates while he was photographing a clash between the two groups.
He had retrieved his camera from an office put up for President Mahinda Rajapaksa by the UPFA minister there. The photographic evidence of clash had been deleted, alleged Manjula Gajanayake, National Coordinator of CMEV.
Manjula said that their officer, Madusanka Jayasekara had lodged a complaint with SSP G. A. N. L. Wijesena about the threats, snatching of his camera and deleted photographs.
SSP Wijesena when asked what action the police had taken so far, said that the probe into the incident was continuing and legal action would be taken against the culprits.