Incident blown out of proportion: Maitripala

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Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena yesterday commenting on the incident at Pasikudah where his son Daham was allegedly involved in a brawl with DIG Ravi Vidyalankara’s son Asela said the incident should not be blown out of proportion. He said the law must be allowed to take its course.

Explaining what happened on Sunday afternoon he told Daily Mirror that he had followed the incident from the very beginning.

“At 5.00 p.m., I called my son who was on a trip to Passdekudah with some friends. He said the Pasikudah police were taking them to the police station on charges of having hitting a DIG’s son. There were 14 in my son’s group. Nine of them including my son are law students. I spoke to the Pasikudah OIC and told him to tell me the truth. I said if my son had done something wrong I will take the victim’s side.

The OIC said there has been a clash between two groups of youngsters and one had a small cut on his lip and therefore he was taken to Batticaloa hospital. I also told the OIC to take my son and the group to the police station which he did.

Then I spoke to DIG Vidyalankara and he told me that my son had attacked his son. Then I went to the Pasikudah Police station where my son and his friends were. Then I went to Batticaloa Hospital and asked Asela what happened. He said there was a skirmish between the two parties and he was alright. Calling me uncle he said not to worry.

There was a small cut and a dressing on his chin.  Mr. Vidyalankara told me that he wanted to arrest my son and his friends and file charges against them for attacking his son and I said go ahead,” Minister Sirisena said. “I noticed a scar on Asela’s chest and when I inquired what it was and he told me he had undergone surgery some time back. DIG Vidyalankara said he wants to take his son to Colombo to check whether there was any damage to the stitches or internal bleeding but it never happened.

There was an ASP, SP an SSP in addition to DIG Vidyalankara at the Batticaloa hospital at that time. My son and his friends were checked for alcohol by the police and it was found that there were fully sober at the time of the incident.  I requested the DIG to release my son on Police bail as his son had only a minor injury but he did not respond positively and left for Colombo. But they had been released only on Monday morning.”

The minister said he even offered his official vehicle or an ambulance to bring Asela to Colombo.

He said Daham had never said he was the son of the future Prime Minister. The minister said his son never spoke loudly even at home
“What I want is a thorough investigation and justice to both parties,” he said.  (Sandun A. Jayasekera)
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  • reyes Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:00 AM

    its better to make mervin silva as prime minister than him.y mr.minister is trying hard show tht DIG's son is not much injured? lets see if a high profile victim gets justice or nt, via DM Android App

    taken Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:00 AM

    "he offered his official vehicle as an ambulance" miss use of government funds via DM Android App

    mori Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:00 AM

    pass ths case to DIG Latheef and see hw justice is done, via DM Android App

    stupid Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:00 AM

    seriously? via DM Android App

    Hisham Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:00 AM

    I didn't know the minister is good fiction writer. impressive story tellin. guess the name of the book should be called .'harry Potha' via DM Android App

    john Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:17 PM

    If bambuawa became the P.M,then Appuwa will become the king.

    Sam Wednesday, 27 February 2013 05:13 AM

    Never said and never think as son of future PM

    CHANDANA17@HOTMAIL.C Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:34 PM

    i DIS AGREE WITH UR COMMENT.nOW HIS IS QUALIFED TO BECOME PM TO SL

    Daham Wednesday, 27 February 2013 05:14 AM

    Aney- Baba!

    firebot Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:00 AM

    "my son is a low student" oh yeah, it seems via DM Android App

    roshan Wednesday, 27 February 2013 05:16 AM

    We know how sober the ministesr sons are. Chinthanay jaywawewa

    Hamster Wednesday, 27 February 2013 05:12 AM

    Where the hell did him becoming a prime minister pop into this incident!!

    ss Wednesday, 27 February 2013 05:19 AM

    yes police should have looked the other way as they usually do

    CrimeWatch Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:01 AM

    Please try to put your house in Order and advise your son not to go on Naked Romps and cause inconvenience to the Masses.

    Gamith Wednesday, 27 February 2013 05:19 AM

    I wonder weather a blood test was done for alochol, how did the police say they were not drunk. These are the people who hoodwink and govern the country.

    Jagath Ratnayake Wednesday, 27 February 2013 05:16 AM

    You are a very holy man!!

    Indunil Wednesday, 27 February 2013 05:21 AM

    Who knows the truth. But seem Mr Mithripala has claimed their fault via his comment. It is a positive for the country.

    Lucky Weeramantry Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:11 AM

    Daddy Please Don't Shed Crocodile Tears

    Raja Raju Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:06 AM

    you see your sin through your son.
    Forget about the PM post.
    President will not tolerate people's thought.

    Lucky Weeramantry Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:11 AM

    Blown Away. Gone With The Wind

    wijebahu Wednesday, 27 February 2013 05:24 AM

    ha ha.. My Son is 'thoththa baba'.

    Lucky Weeramantry Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:13 AM

    Future Prime Minister Doing The Dirty Work

    Mrhonest Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:09 AM

    The minister statement has many contradictions. He says when he called his son at 5 pm the son has told him that the the Parcikudah police were taking them to the police station. Then he says he spoke to the OIC and told him to take them to the police station. If the police were taking them to the police station already he does not have to tell the OIC what to do.

    PRASANNAJIT Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:10 AM

    From his statement itself anybody can see how much interference he has done. What would have happened if he was still a Grama Sevaka in Polonnaruwa?

    Lucky Weeramantry Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:16 AM

    Judgement Already Given.

    kamil Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:06 AM

    IF THE VICTIM SPEAKS THE TRUTH HE WILL BE DEAD

    Ben Hurling Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:06 AM

    Is that a fitting name for his son "Daham"?

    Alco parties, naked photography and merciless violence combined calls for a a new name.

    Raiz Lankai Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:18 AM

    We can write & write and write. Nothing will change. Its a waste of all our time and energy.

    Yuri Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:13 AM

    Law in Sri Lanka ? i cant stop loughing... please help

    Lucky Weeramantry Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:19 AM

    It Is Better Say If My Son Has Done Something Wrong I'll Take My Life.

    Mukatiyaa Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:14 AM

    Well done minister. Another nail in the coffin.

    klk Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:10 AM

    ethakota oya baba??

    Lucky Weeramantry Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:20 AM

    My Son Is An Angel At Home But A Devil Outdoors

    pramiya Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:00 AM

    wow true. all he said was absolutely true. they are so innocent people, the son hardly raises the voice. now the fault is with all the media via DM Android App

    Salina Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:36 AM

    I Love Sri Lanka

    Observer Observer Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:20 AM

    It is a very compiled fairly tale. How can you come to the conclusion that it was only a minor cut on the lip. Are you a Medical Officer, it can lead to fractures.

    Justice cannot be excepted with Government, having the backing of the Judiciary

    Sapumal Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:21 AM

    Spot on Mr. Well said!

    De silva Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:26 AM

    I am sure that DIG Vidyalankara will be transferred to Police H.Q very soon.

    Chandana Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:38 AM

    Blame should go to his voters for electing idiots like this and they are acting like Kings.

    surasena Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:51 AM

    AIYO SIRISENA !!!!!!!

    Your son giving MR an excuse to cut you down, allowing family syndicate to fill the vacancy.

    unchikun Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:32 AM

    So this is how a bunch of law students behave. Totally unacceptable and disgusting. We can visualize what Sri Lanka will be in the near future.

    Just Another Citizen Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:28 AM

    Sin no

    Premalal Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:29 AM

    I think the time has come to re-invent the official name for Sri-Lanka "Police". This name does not mean anything to anyone in this country anymore. We don't have policemen but trained monkeys in uniform who dance on demand.

    ambaruwa Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:57 AM

    ha...ha ....ha.....bolanda katha RADANIAL.....DAVAL BIGALE come out with different story minister these are old BORU used @ nineteenth century

    Premalal Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:36 AM

    Law student? is there a law in Sri-Lanka?.

    Silas Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:37 AM

    According to Maithree, the OIC had said "there has beeen a clash between two groups of youngsters......" Since when did one guy become a 'group'??

    mohamed Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:02 PM

    ohh sirisena are become PM of this country my God before you become Pm look what your son did. he hit to DIG son how brave he is this happen before you become PM of Sri Lanka. ok after you becom PM of Sri Lanka what will you son do ........................... my God please dont let him become PM of my mother land

    ChickenParippu Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:35 AM

    hole-y man you mean?

    Anderezja Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:37 AM

    Findings: Asela beat himself up in an attempt to tarnish the minister's image.

    GLADSOME Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:38 AM

    Why should you offered Your Official Vehicle or Ambulance to bring Asela to Colombo, if he is not serious ?

    Dayan Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:07 PM

    One of his sons must have made this comment under 'Nowshad'

    Sonali De Silva Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:09 PM

    The public can see through his lies just like how he lies about his ministry. The DIG is more worried about his post than his son getting assaulted or may be even killed. Who dares to bring charges against these high and mighty? So sad.

    cocohead Wednesday, 27 February 2013 05:56 AM

    They act like this while they are sober..imagine when they are drunk!

    Ranjit Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:10 PM

    IO Sirisena your are making Daham Getta to prevent the culprit from prosecution. If he is going to be a lawyer and you are going to be our PM god save SL.

    Sonna Boy Wednesday, 27 February 2013 05:58 AM

    Malaka is an angel in comparison

    MR Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:46 AM

    Pls British Raj come back.....
    We SL voters are too stupid for democracy..

    samosa Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:46 AM

    He took his time and came up with a story to cover up the incident... We saw the DIG's son's condition...

    Mr Retort Wednesday, 27 February 2013 03:51 PM

    Arachchis and gramma sevakas are good at showing their power to general public while kneeling before powerful.

    DHA Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:44 AM

    If you had slapped you son long time back and disciplined him he never would've been in this stage now......this is the result when you feed power to your kids.....

    Fayad Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:49 AM

    Blown out of proportion ? Think if what happen to Asela happened to your son
    Please do not talk rubbish.

    penny Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:24 PM

    Get a life you loser!!!

    Jay Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:05 AM

    The interview of Asela and Minister's statement totally contradictory. These 15 thugs were fully drunk as per the victim but according to the minister they were fully sober. Who is telling the truth?

    Ven de Merwe Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:15 AM

    Asela called him 'Uncle' ha ha ha - Bambuwa........!

    serendib Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:18 AM

    Maithree and Daham!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a combination???????
    Guys dont be surprised if Asela has to apologize Daham the Innocent Baba

    Manel Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:20 AM

    Your son never spoke loudly at home. When he gets "Dutch Courage" of course it s different.

    Nowshad Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:00 AM

    he is a honest minister. he is the future of Srilanka. our country will be great future if he comes as President of Srilanka. via DM Android App

    Ann Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:21 AM

    Dear Minister -Daham's failure as a son only proves your failure as a father

    peeda mossa Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:02 AM

    Bambuwa thamai ! There wouldn't have been another option as the victim was a DIG 's son, not a podiyen like you or me.

    bandi Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:23 AM

    Asela might have hit himself.... like that army major fellow! All banana's

    Banana Republic Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:25 AM

    Anyone can guess the learned Doc from Kelaniya doing this and now the PM aspirant is done even better.

    Just summarize, nothing happened and a small cut and There was an ASP, SP an SSP in addition to DIG Vidyalankara at the Batticaloa hospital to cover this minor incident :)

    Suba Anagathayak !

    shanthapriya Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:02 AM

    ALL THESE BIG PEOPLE HAVE GONE TO ENJOY THEMSELVES ALL THE WAY TO PASIKUDA, WHERE AS I COULD NOT HIRE A 03 WHEELER TO GO TO THE TEMPLE WITH MY KID .
    AFTER ALL WHERE IS THIS PASIKUDA ... ? AND BOAT RIDES
    WE DONT KNOW.

    Tony Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:25 AM

    What is the use of Law
    It can be twisted and turned as the high power people wants
    The law and order is only for ordinar citizen who voted those in power.
    By the way all our politicians and their are well behaved and they dont do anywrong and they trying their level best to bring Sri lanka on the map and eat on our taxes and trying to become smart

    Kalubanda Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:21 AM

    Hitting A DIG's son! What would have happened to you and I ?
    Why say more!

    Jason Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:26 AM

    9 law students .....this is the future ....

    kolla Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:08 AM

    Bambuva..!!!!

    Silva de Mervin Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:09 AM

    Oh, I got it, I got it now!

    Daddy is the health minister and son is sending him the customers!

    Kodituwakkuarachchi Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:27 AM

    This is a cheap stunt to push Dahaminto the limelight.

    thanks to this now the whole of Sri Lanka knows who Daham is and what you will you end up with if you mess with him.

    Within a few years he WILL be a cabinet minister as he has already shown he has all the qualities for the job.

    In any case the whole Pasikudah police tea will be fired in a few days.

    Fair N Square Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:29 AM

    LOL... " 9 of them including my son are law students"... is what the minister utters... They seem to have practiced what they learn at the law faculty.

    Interestingly its a case of Dog eat Dog scenario.. survival of the fittest.... lets see who prevails and how the aem of law takes its shape...

    saradiyal Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:45 PM

    Now all drug loads, thugs & corrupt politicos send their sons to law college. What's the secret?

    Piyal Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:14 AM

    Its provan that all Ministers are useless and their sons do what they want breaking law and order of this country. ideally as in the other cases, Law college should sack these rascals. also, Minister Siripala is a total failure and not fit to become future PM in this country. if that happens it will be a great disaster for this country.

    Bandu Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:42 AM

    People are watching these incidents closely and it is not so good for the government.

    peeda mossa Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:15 AM

    Aw, come on, being a powerful minister and premier-to-be, you should have done better. Just ask Sumedha of Moneragala, how to act like a minister. This sure makes good material for Ryp Van Wincle for his 5th. column.

    Buffaloa Citizen Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:47 AM

    (1) "I spoke to the Pasikudah OIC and told him to tell me the truth" why because generally they are all liars? (2) "I also told the OIC to take my son and the group to the police station which he did", why otherwise they would not do so? Why do u instruct this while saying "the law must be allowed to take its course"? (3) "I requested the DIG to release my son on Police bail" why? why request? this is up to the police and when a powerful and important person like you requests, it is like a command. (4) "offered his official vehicle or an ambulance to bring Asela to Colombo" dont you agree both these items are public property and expense and are not utilities for uncivilised brats and yakko type families like you and your masters to misuse?

    Ruhunu Kolla Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:26 AM

    Enough is enough now what we need is an organisation like HAGANAH and a MAN to lead it to bump off this type of rowdys and their fathers!

    Labby Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:36 AM

    Asela was in the ICU with a bruise on his lip ?

    mohamed asfar Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:32 AM

    justice to both parties. how ?

    Janaki Kalansuriya Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:37 AM

    Rs. 2.50 Law for normal citizens while Luxury Law for the privileged.

    janaka Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:38 AM

    When president makes himself look stupid by ordering top police to catch criminals this is a joke for the civilised world?

    Thomas Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:44 AM

    I know the Law. It is only for the poor & the powerless.
    Political thugs no law & order.

    Shace-UK Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:46 AM

    Awesome Comment!!!!

    Junta Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:00 AM

    mr minister what about the pictures. the injured policeman and those who witnessed the scene. via DM Android App

    sanju Wednesday, 27 February 2013 05:45 PM

    BUFFALO CITIZEN : Good points. Very good points.

    sanju Wednesday, 27 February 2013 05:46 PM

    Well said Dude

    taken Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:00 AM

    is there no law about commenting on ongoing investigations. this man has no dignity. via DM Android App


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