Court order cancels Puttalam motor races

By Hiran Priyankara Jayasinghe

Hundreds of competitors who arrived in Puttalam for a motor racing competition organised by the Sri Lanka Motor Racing Association, were yesterday turned away by Police, following a court order restraining the event.

Puttalam police had requested a restraining order from Puttalam District Judge on the grounds that holding the event could disrupt peace in the area, as there were persons with political links connected to the event. They pointed out that, after the recent killing of a police officer, such an event could create tension.

Additional Puttalam District Judge I.M.D. Illangasinghe issued the restraining order. Chief Inspector Kingsley Gunasekara produced the restraining order to the Secretary of the Sri Lanka Motor Racing Association.

The Puttalam Motor Racing Association and Sri Lanka Motor Racing Association had organised a motor racing competition for the first time in Puttalam, with about 100 competitors. The competition was to be held in Manathivu, Puttalam yesterday.

The association’s secretary P. Ragunathan told the Sunday Times that, as the restraining order was given half-an-hour before the competition began, both the competitors and spectators were disappointed.

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