A man identified as Rienzi Algama, set himself ablaze opposite the UNP headquarters Sirikotha today and was admitted to the Kalubowila hospital with serious burn injuries. He was later transferred to the Colombo National Hospital.
Speaking to Daily Mirror, UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya confirmed that Algama was a UNP supporter and had been ‘disgusted’ over the ‘disunity’ of the UNP and had stressed the need of unity within the party.
Jayasuriya said, “The supporter contacted me this morning. He remained thoroughly disappointed about the absence of unity in the party. He always spoke about the need to unite. I think he set himself ablaze because if this disappointment.”
Algama is a relative of the late General Lucky Algama and hails from Kelaniya. He had joined the UNP during the Late President J.R Jayawardene era of the 1980’s. (KB, YP & GS)