Three-wheeler Association Chairman murdered over ‘leasing mafia’

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Chairman of Self-Employed Professionals’ Three-Wheeler Association, Sunil Jayawardhana, was killed after he was assaulted by a group of employee of a finance company in Mirihana Wednesday evening, police said.

They said the 53-year old Jayawardhana, a resident of Kesbewa, was assaulted outside a finance company on the Old Kottawa Road close to the Mirihana Police following a heated argument that broke out over the lease of a three-wheeler.

The victim was assaulted by the group when he inquired about an alleged ‘leasing mafia’ concerning one of the member of the association.

The injured chairman was died after being admitted to the Colombo South Teaching Hospital.

It was reported that Mr. Jayawardhana and two others including a three-wheeler driver had arrived at the finance company on Wednesday morning to get a seized three-wheeler released. The vehicle had been seized by the company due to arrears in payments.

The three had left the scene in the morning following an argument having unable to get the three-wheeler released.

Meanwhile, Mr. Jayawardhana had also had posted a Facebook video from outside the finance company premises --where he was beaten later that day-- urging President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to intervene and solve the issues he faced due to ‘leasing mafia.’

However, the chairman and another person accompanied him were assaulted by the group of employees of the finance company at around 6.20 p.m on Wednesday.     

The Mirihana Police arrested eight suspects in connection with the incident.

Mr. Jayawardhana was also a candidate contesting the General Elections from Colombo under an Independent Group.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

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  • sokrates Thursday, 11 June 2020 02:10 PM

    Sri Wheeler Organizations are like Mafia

    Ralahamy Thursday, 11 June 2020 05:06 PM

    Finance companies are ruthless in collecting the dues from clients, we know that. But will they go to the extent to kill a person for unpaid dues? Human lives have become so cheap!

    Ralahamy Thursday, 11 June 2020 05:06 PM

    Finance companies are ruthless in collecting the dues from clients, we know that. But will they go to the extent to kill a person for unpaid dues? Human lives have become so cheap!

    Siv Thursday, 11 June 2020 06:43 PM

    On a day time murder...such an evil..

    Chux Thursday, 11 June 2020 06:54 PM

    To kill someone like this there should be a strong backing from someone

    CITIZEN Thursday, 11 June 2020 09:22 PM

    THEY SHOULD BAN LEASING. GIVE A LOAN. THEY DO NOT SEE THE CREDIBILITY OF THE BORROWER SIMPLY GIVES LEASING AND THEN WHEN DIFFICULT TO COLLECT THE DUES CAUSE UNWARRANTED DIFFICULTY

    nimal fernando Friday, 12 June 2020 06:29 AM

    what the hell Central Bank is doing abut these illegal finance companies? It has become the most inefficient institution in the country.


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