ECONOMYNEXT –The residence of a fuel station owner and dealer in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, was torched by an unidentifiable mob Saturday (21) night as fuel queues that stretched to hundreds of metres continued islandwide.
Fuel was being supplied until late afternoon Saturday until stocks ran out.
The police media division said the house was torched when a member of the mob had thrown a petrol bomb at the two story residence resulting in the second floor going up in flames.
At the time of the incident, the station dealer, his wife and his two children had been at the residence but no one was reported injured.
The fire was put out by the police and residents.
The motive for the arson attack has yet to be found, but investigations are underway by the Anuradhapura police station to arrest the individuals involved.
Island wide queues are to be seen which has led to frustration among the people.
Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera claimed on Friday (20) that “organised groups” had been threatening fuel transporters to unload fuel or risk having their bowsers set on fire.
Wijesekera said fuel supply would be suspended to fuel stations where protestors blocked roads causing congestion and threat to fuel station owners, workers and transporters. (Colombo/May22/2022)