Four Suspects Arrested By Police For Assaulting Dutch Tourists Near Surf Bar Mirissa: Further Investigations Underway

The Police have arrested four suspects for assaulting a group of dutch tourists near Surf Bar, Mirissa, last Sunday, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) said. 

The Weligama Police and the Tourist Police Division are currently conducting investigations into the incident. 

Some tourists including a Dutch male and two other women tourists were reported to have been brutally assaulted in Mirissa on Sunday morning when they resisted attempts to sexually assault the women.

According to eyewitnesses and several media reports, the group had been enjoying dinner and drinks at the Surf Bar and Restaurant on Saturday night when a group, including some waiters at the restaurant had attempted to sexually harass the women.

Speaking to us, a spokesman from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Police patrols have been intensified in Mirissa to ensure safety of tourists visiting the area. 

Meanwhile, a separate investigation is underway by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority into the restaurant which is at the centre of the controversy. 

Initial investigations have revealed that the restaurant has not obtained license from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority to run a tourism related business.

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