Two Tamil politicians faced disruptions by the police during an inspection visit to dairy farmers at Mailaththamadu in Batticaloa.
Video footage captured by correspondents also showed Buddhist monk Ampitiye Sumanaratana Thera maliciously rebuking TNPF leader Gajendra Kumar Ponnambalam and Selvaraja Gajendran.
At a police post, the duo was prevented from proceeding.
Ponnambalam then spoke to the secretary to the president, who said that being a people’s representative, he could proceed.However, the OIC of Karadiyanaru police refused to allow him on his journey, saying he wanted a written notification from the president’s secretary.
As Ponnambalam was speaking to the media, the chief incumbent of Mangalarama Temple arrived and threatened him.
Later, the two politicians left the scene.
A similar disruption occurred last month when a human rights activist from Colombo and several journalists were on their way to look into the grievances of Tamil dairy farmers there.
The farmers are on a three-month long protest in front of Sittandy School in Batticaloa demanding the eviction of Sinhala farmers who occupy their pastures by force.