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100 arrested in Lanka violence

More than 100 people have been arrested in Sri lanka following violence in the run up to parliamentary elections on April 8, Xinhua reported.

world Updated: Mar 27, 2010 21:14 IST

More than 100 people have been arrested in Sri lanka following violence in the run up to parliamentary elections on April 8, Xinhua reported on Saturday.

"We have arrested 102 people and 234 more are to be arrested," Gamini Navaratne, the deputy inspector general of police, told reporters on Saturday.

Navaratne said party supporters were being misled by candidates to indulge in violence.

Election monitors said intra-party clashes rather than inter-party rivalry had led to the growing number of violent incidents.

Sri Lanka's parliament was dissolved in February. Its 225 members are to be elected based on the proportional representation system for a six-year term on April 8.