Troops, Police stop clash at Hatton fuel station

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Army and Police personnel at the CPC fuel station in Hatton, were hard pressed to control unruly groups when fuel was distributed yesterday (23).

A tense situation erupted between a group from outside Hatton and a group of local three-wheel drivers at the fuel station.

According to the three-wheel drivers, people from areas such as Kotagala, Agarapathana, Talawakelle and nearby areas had forcibly attempted to obtain fuel from the filling station leading to the tense situation. They charged that this particular group had prevented Hatton’s three-wheel drivers from refuelling in Kotagala and Talawakelle. However, with the intervention of the security forces, the three-wheel drivers had been allowed to refuel at the station.

By Neeta Pathma Kumari – Norwood