I only grabbed a toy pistol from a protestor- Mayor
I did not call MP Namal Rajapaksa, but only acted according to the instructions given by him to safeguard those who visit Hambantota
In his explanation, the Mayor of Hambantota Eraj Fernando said that he never brought a pistol when he arrived at the scene but only took possession of a toy pistol from someone who came to the venue to protest against the UNP parliamentarians who came on this fact finding mission. He also said that he knew most of the UNP MPs, and he was not out of his mind to bring a pistol, but during the commotion he had observed someone in the crowd having a toy pistol hidden in his waist and he grabbed it and went to protect the MPs from being assaulted. He said further that he assisted these MPs to get into the bus in which they had come.
He went on further to acknowledge the friendship he had with some of the UNP MPs.
“Ajith Perera after being appointed as organiser for Bandaragama electorate sought my protection from someone who was trying to kill him, Ajith Mannapperuma and I signed as witnesses at a wedding in Gampaha. I run a security service which provided security at Night Clubs and MP Nalin Bandara accompanies me when ever I visit them, and I have played Casino with him. I have videos to prove them. I did not call MP Namal Rajapaksa, but only acted according to the instructions given by him to safeguard those who visit Hambantota,” Major Eraj Fernando said.