According to the police, PHI had been on an inspection tour of the area accompanied by other workers.
The suspect got into an argument with the health official. When the PHI turned to leave, the suspect rushed out with a heavy pestle and struck him on the back of the head. When he fell the suspect struck him again. The other workers who had accompanied the PHI ran for their lives.
Meanwhile, the All Ceylon Health Service Union has blamed the government for exposing the health personnel to danger by making them conduct raids and impose fins. It demands that the government take action to ensure their protection.