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COLOMBO (News 1st); Detectives from Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigations Department recorded statements from several MPs with regard to the attacks on the GotaGoGama & MynaGoGama peaceful protest sites in Colombo.Accordingly, MPs Rohitha Abeygunawardena, C. B.

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COLOMBO (News 1st); Detectives from Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigations Department recorded statements from several MPs with regard to the attacks on the GotaGoGama & MynaGoGama peaceful protest sites in Colombo.Accordingly, MPs Rohitha Abeygunawardena, C. B.
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