A video footage of a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) candidate who had unsuccessfully contested the last Local Government election for the Kuliyapitiya Pradeshiya Sabha, assaulting a teenage cricketer playing for a leading Kurunegala school is circulating in the social media.
The footage shows the victim who was a resident in the same area being assaulted by several individuals including a 16 year-old boy at Tissa Mawatha near Kuliyapitiya bus stand recently.
Police said that the incident had taken place following a dispute in college.
The victim, who was brutally assaulted using a shovel and a helmet, was admitted to the Kuliypitiya Base Hospital and later transferred to the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital. He was discharged from the hospital on yesterday.
Police said the 16 year-old student suspect had been arrested following the incident however the main suspect SLFP candidate and the others had fled the area.
The underaged suspect was ordered to be detained in a safe house by Kuliyapitiya Magistrate Ruwan Dhammika Dissanayake.
He was to be produced for an identification parade.
Police investigations are underway to arrest the other suspects. (Dinesh Upendra)