Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said the shooting at Kotahena was a breach of democratic principles and was sponsored by bankrupt opposition politicians.
He said it came in the wake of several incidents that happened in the past 10 days echoing what happened during the Rajapaksa regime.
The minister said today's shooting came in the backdrop of the seizing of a white van, arrest of two drug kingpins, the recovery of a remote-controlled bomb, the finding of a body in Fort and the seizing of two containers of ethanol and cigarettes.
He told a hurriedly arranged news conference that they had faced several threats during the recent past but would not allow such acts to intimidate them and added that this could be an attempt at reviving the activities of the Rajapaksa rule.
“What we want is to eradicate such activities and create a freer and cleaner society. We won't be scared or intimidated by these activities,” he said.
In response to a question whether there was an involvement of underworld gangs in the shooting incident, the minister he did not have any connections with them.
When asked whether this shooting had targeted him, he said it had targeted the entire government and an attempt to show that there was terrorism in the country.
"We must not allow the hard fought freedoms and the climate of peace brought about by the silent revolution of January 8 to be destroyed," the minister said. (Ajith Siriwardana)
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Comments - 12
S B Lokuge Sunday, 02 August 2015 05:21 PM
Ravi, you are not only a bankrupt politician, but a crook as well.
Mailman Saturday, 01 August 2015 12:19 PM
Ravi maybe an educated man but he is a roadblock to yahapalanaya. via DM Android App
Prem Nath Saturday, 01 August 2015 03:29 PM
Nice going RK.Do it yourself and lay the blame on the opposition. Get sympathy votes.
RAVI Saturday, 01 August 2015 08:45 AM
ALREADY TOLD THAT ITS RAJAPAKSE CLAN AND HIS HENCHAIYAS
RAVI Saturday, 01 August 2015 08:47 AM
police will do that.its not his job to catch them.
gajaman Saturday, 01 August 2015 09:48 AM
Soon make your buck. Very soon you will also be called a bankrupt politician.
Ranga Friday, 31 July 2015 05:44 PM
what do you mean bankrupt opposition politicians? name the culprit if you know. and arrest him since you are in government now.
Jehan Friday, 31 July 2015 05:46 PM
what? the white van was arrested under your rule. the body of the women was not related to politics. how come you prepare facebook posts just minutes after the shooting?
Ukkun Putha Saturday, 01 August 2015 10:00 AM
Dear UNP supporters this is an example of what you will get if (if) your friends win the election.
Buwa Friday, 31 July 2015 05:53 PM
Please dont talk nonsense. You should arrest them if you know already who did this
words Saturday, 01 August 2015 11:28 AM
Only bankrupt politician is RK. via DM Android App
Alahapperuma Sunday, 02 August 2015 03:09 PM
Ravi let me give a piece of my mind "When you point your finger at someone, three fingers are pointing back at you."
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