Minister’s supporters shot

23 March 2010 03:39 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By S Madawala and Supun Dias

A group of supporters of Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardene who were resting under a tree at the Matugama playground after pasting propaganda posters at the Matugama town last night were shot by two unidentified gunmen who came on a motorcycle.

One person died at the scene while the others fled. The deceased was identified as Laurence Bastian (29) of Peellahena Road, Matugama. Police recovered the van used by the supporters of Minister Abeygunawardene and ten spent cartridges from the scene. 

Meanwhile police media spokesman SP Preshantha Jayakody said that the victim was consuming liquor with two of hi associates under a tree.
“The incident is based upon a long standing dispute as the victim is also engaged in lending money and involved in illegal gambling activities”, he said. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 11

  • Tuesday, 23 March 2010 05:59 AM

    We're becoming like the gangs of new york!!

    Tuesday, 23 March 2010 06:05 AM

    Police,,!!! some work for you!!! for,you can't fool us always with LTTE !! Ah!! now you have the Opposition!!

    Tuesday, 23 March 2010 06:12 AM


    Tuesday, 23 March 2010 06:24 AM

    when the' long arm of the law' does not take the country's law and order seriously, people tend to take the law into their hands. Is'nt this very unfortunate?

    Tuesday, 23 March 2010 06:29 AM

    Terrorism ersdicated from Sri Lanka !!!

    Tuesday, 23 March 2010 07:19 AM

    Stupid supporters kill each other !.

    Tuesday, 23 March 2010 07:57 AM

    Maybe punishment for still pasting posters which is against the election commissioner's orders ! These are not real grass root supporters but thugs hired in return for liquor and money.

    Tuesday, 23 March 2010 02:13 PM

    No wonder,supporters of our ministers are better known for illegal activities!!

    Tuesday, 23 March 2010 08:47 AM

    Were they the victims of chain snatching and want to settle scores now..

    Tuesday, 23 March 2010 09:02 AM

    This is wrong but there is no other way to stop pasting posters. Police knows how to fabricate the story.

    Tuesday, 23 March 2010 10:05 AM


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