Sanjeewa Bandara, an eye witness to the Mulleriyawa shooting incident said that supporters of MP Duminda Silva opened fire at late MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra felling him, in front of police officers on the day of polling.
The eye witness, who is a supporter of Mr. Premachandra, said that Mr. Premachandra had been shot a number of times, but none of the police officers on duty in the area had come to his aid or even to take him to hospital.
He said, “When we were engaged in election activities with Mr. Premachandra, we got news at about 3.30 pm that some supporters and the wife of the Prasanna Solangaarachchi, the chairman of the Kotikawatta and Mulleriyawa Pradeshiya Sabha, were being assaulted with clubs by Mr. Duminda Silva and his supporters near the old Angoda Police Station. Bharatha Lakshman decided to go there. We went with him to the place in question by the old police station on the Himbutana road.
Near the Sirimavo Bandaranayake Library in Walpola we came upon Duminda Silva and his group who were coming from the opposite direction in vehicles.
They stopped; blocking our vehicle.
Duminda got out from his vehicle and came towards us. He abused Bharatha Lakshman in indecent language. The he struck him and pulled him out of the vehicle. Then the two struggled and Bharatha Lakshman fell on to the ground. Then Duminda asked his companions too shoot him. Duminda’s security personnel started shooting at Bharatha with T-56 rifles. They fired at us with about ten T-56 rifles. Nobody came to take Bharatha to hospital. There were police officers present but none of them helped take him to hospital.
With much difficulty we took him to the I.D.H. Base Hospital. We heard later that he had died in the intensive care unit.
A businessman who witnessed the incident said, on condition of anonymity, “I saw Duminda Silva and Bharatha fighting on the road. During the fight Bharatha fell down. Then a volley of shots were fired from both sides. Both Bharatha and Duminda were injured in the shooting.
He added, “I was near the Sirimavo Bandaranayake Library on the Himbutana road in Walpola. Duminda Silva and his companions were travelling towards Himbutana in a convoy of vehicles. Bharatha and his companions were proceeding from Himbutana towards Angoda. The two convoys met. Both Baratha and Duminda got out of their vehicles and began abusing each other in indecent language. This turned into a brawl soon. An exchange of gunfire followed. Who started the firing was not clear. I saw Bharatha being shot. Both Bharatha and Duminda fell to the ground. Their supporters took them to hospital. (Indika Ramanayaka)
Nagaragiri Kiththil Monday, 10 October 2011 12:23 PM
roshi Thursday, 13 October 2011 05:50 AM
Positive hope ..ha..ha.. ha...
Abdur Razzak Thursday, 13 October 2011 05:42 AM
our sincere request to the GOSL is to hold an unbiased enquiry and punish the culprits with life sentence.
Nagaragiri Kiththil Monday, 10 October 2011 12:26 PM
Tie them up to mango trees!!!
SUDDU Monday, 10 October 2011 12:27 PM
Be assure the world will notice that !
Sammy Monday, 10 October 2011 12:26 PM
Another revelation of the character of the people we send to parliament.
david Monday, 10 October 2011 12:34 PM
Bulletproof vest for all Sri Lanka citizens soon. Compulsory like seat belt.
nalaka weerakody Monday, 10 October 2011 01:14 PM
to get the true story you can check the CCTV footage, if available
senna Monday, 10 October 2011 01:16 PM
A MP who was shot by a maniac got a single bullet in the head and did not fully recovered. That unfortunate incidence hold positive hope for us in this case
Harsha W Monday, 10 October 2011 05:02 AM
"Awi gaththo, Awiyenma nasi"
Big Ears Monday, 10 October 2011 04:36 AM
Big Ears Monday, 10 October 2011 04:36 AM
The miracle side of Sri Lanka at its best.
John Rambo Monday, 10 October 2011 05:10 AM
Sounds like the wild, wild west.
Paul Monday, 10 October 2011 05:19 AM
We feel Sorry for the Dead, But it is very unfortunate to note the was Politicians are Practicing Thuggery in the Country. Hope the Government will take Severe Action and make sure similar violence will not occur in the future. Also hope CID will investigate the legality of the weapons used by both Parties, and In the Future Weapons should be allowed and Permitted to operate only by Trained Military or Police Personal and not the Henchmen of Politicians.
rif Monday, 10 October 2011 04:58 AM
good move for a new political culture in Sri Lanka
Marco Monday, 10 October 2011 05:09 AM
This is not right. The war is over but the Thuggery is raising. The Government cannot stop this. I don't know who is gonna save Sri Lanka.
gamini Monday, 10 October 2011 05:34 AM
This is only the begining. Lot more to follow. It is the duty and responsibility of the law makers ( the so called parliamentarians) to stop thuggery.
This is next menance President has to resolve if not this will become worse.
Doray Monday, 10 October 2011 05:45 AM
Preferential voting system should be scrapped immediately. What happened to the Parliamentary Committee report regarding the scrapping of this system.
sandman Monday, 10 October 2011 05:38 AM
Both are low life's, but the one who survived is a worse low life than the one who died. God indeed does work in mysterious ways !!!!!! no loss to anyone though. Good riddance of very bad rubbish.
Yahiya-Doha Monday, 10 October 2011 06:42 AM
People not much interest this story. People's vote kill the people's.
Kattai Jeya Sellar Monday, 10 October 2011 06:44 AM
Srilanka is improving her image in the international community. Our Politicians are behaving like thugs.
Alien Monday, 10 October 2011 06:58 AM
He who lives by the sword dies by the sword ! Jayawewa to the Miracle of Asia !!!
Naveen Monday, 10 October 2011 07:02 AM
IST Buwa Monday, 10 October 2011 07:08 AM
Right Track to Asia's Miracle
DinuX Thursday, 13 October 2011 05:16 AM
General Public selected them as their MPs. They should be ashamed. Real brain wash need for those public.
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