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Last updated: 05 October, 2009 - Published 15:39 GMT
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'Political opponants burnt my house'- MP
MP Ranga Bandara's house
MP said the total cost of damage would be 10 million
Opposition member of parliament blamed his political openents for burning down his residence.

"Someone who is against UNP politics had set fire to my house", says Puttalam District United National Party(UNP) parliamentarian Palitha Ranga Bandara.

The house and political office at Madampe, Chilaw belongs to the parliamentarian was set alight on Sunday night.

Speaking to BBC Sandeshaya MP Palitha Ranga Bandra said “the damage cost about ten million and this was an arson attack”.

“It’s clear that arsonists used oil to set fire and I believe they are my political rivals” MP added.

A witness said “we heard a noise and when we investigated we saw the fire. We tried our best to put it out”

According to the neighbours’ the fire was started around late evening.

Unknown vehicles

Another witness said “there were three or four vehicles, I did not recognised any of them, the occupants were looking at the burning house, and they left”.

The MP was not at home when the fire broke out.

Earlier on Sunday, Parliamentarian Ranga Bandara was among a group of opposition politicians who came undre attack allegedly by a government minister and his supporters in Beveraliya Estate, Deniyaya.

At the time of the attack, the politicians were campaigning for the Southern provincial council elections due to be held on the10th of October.

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