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Curfew declared in Nuwara Eliya as Thondaman’s funeral cavalcade enters town

ECONOMYNEXT – A quarantine curfew has been declared from tonight until Sunday night in the Nuwara Eliya District as tens of thousands of supporters of the Ceylon Workers Congress thronged the streets to mourn the death of their leader Arumugam Thondaman.

In a statement issued this evening by the Acting Inspector General of Police Chandana Wickremaratne the police said public transport was also being banned during curfew hours in Nuwara Eliya.

The 54-year old politician died on Tuesday after a fall at his home in Battaramulla.

Today his remains were flown by Sri Lanka Air Force helicopter to Nuwara Eliya, the electoral district he has represented for the past 26 years.

The procession that took his remains through the town to his ancestral home was led by his son Jeevan who is expected to contest the Nuwara Eliya seat at the upcoming Parliamentary elections.

The funeral is scheduled for Sunday, when an island-wide curfew will be in effect. (Colombo, May 29, 2020)