Rajagiriya accident: Champika clarifies

3 March 2016 04:14 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka today said he would not influence police investigations into the incident in which a jeep along with a driver attached to his Ministry met with an accident on Sunday night.

Addressing a function, he was responding to media reports about this accident which occurred on Sunday night.

The Minister said: “A jeep attached to the Ministry’s vehicle pool is involved in the accident. Also, the driver of the vehicle is an employee of the Ministry. There are distorted media reports in this regard. We all know there was a motor vehicle exhibition at the BMICH in Colombo. After the event, a group of youths had travelled along the Parliament road in their motorbikes. The motorbike that collided with the Ministry’s jeep has an engine capacity of 1000 CC. A bike with such an engine capacity is not permitted to be motored on roads in Sri Lanka. Yet, on that day, more than ten persons have sped on roads within a haphazard manner. One of them has collided with our vehicle”.

He said the police had been entrusted with investigations into the incident, and he would not influence the process at all.

“We believe the police will do an impartial job. During the past few years, we witnessed youths riding high speed motorbikes on roads in a haphazard manner. There was a pause for it. Again, we are witnessing the same. We have not concealed any information. All the details have been given to the police. We, as law –abiding citizens, cooperate with the police and the court process,” he said.

He said legal action could be ascertained through the court process.


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  Comments - 8

  • onlooker Friday, 04 March 2016 09:29 AM


    Sunil Thursday, 03 March 2016 04:43 PM

    Just get a driver and avoid driving yourself.

    Wesko Thursday, 03 March 2016 05:00 PM

    Yes let the police do. their duty ...

    Desmond Spittle-Wijeratne Thursday, 03 March 2016 05:19 PM

    The yahapalana government is good.You are gooooood.

    Siri Thursday, 03 March 2016 05:31 PM

    He got one when report writing at the Police station.

    Aba Jayasekera Thursday, 03 March 2016 08:21 PM

    The fault is with the driver and not the minister. Is Wimal so politically bankrupt that he has to call for the arrest of the minister for the fault of a ministry driver?

    Madlin Friday, 04 March 2016 05:06 PM

    The damage to the jeep is on the rear according to the TV news yesterday in such a case can you blame the driver alone via DM Android App

    Veda-mama Friday, 04 March 2016 05:46 PM

    The same way there are high powered motor cycles, there are high powered cars and SUVs on the road. But this is all about the errant driver who caused the accident due to arrogance or carelessness.

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