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Southern Provincial Council Minister D.V. Upul has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) this evening.

Earlier this morning, Upul was summoned to the CID to record a statement concerning an incident where addressing a public gathering, he had allegedly threatened to stone to death police officers from the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID).

The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court had earlier directed the Controller General of the Immigration and Emigration Department to prevent Minister Upul from leaving the country till investigations into his comments are concluded.