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Four arrested over SLTB–private bus clash in Welimada; one killed

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A driver of a private passenger bus has been killed following an assault by a driver of an SLTB bus crew in Welimada this afternoon, police advised. 

The victim was admitted to the Welimada Hospital after the assault but succumbed to injuries at the hospital.  He was assaulted following an issue over the timetable.

The clash occurred at the Welimada Bus Terminal.  According to police investigations, the SLTB bus driver and the conductor had assaulted the victim following an argument over departure time.

The 49-year-old victim identified as Udawelle Gamini Wasantha Kumara Liyanage, a resident of Thalawa, Guruthalawa, according to police.

The SLTB driver and the conductor were arrested after they were admitted to the Meeragahawatte Hospital for further treatment after the assault.  Later, the suspects were admitted to the Diyatalawa hospital under police custody.

The police said that two other SLTB crew members, who were involved in the assault, had also been taken into police custody. The suspects are to be produced in the Welimada Magistrate’s Court tomorrow and the Welimada Police are conducting investigations. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

 

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  • Roshan Wednesday, 19 December 2018 08:37 PM

    Each bus route should be given to company to provide service with agreed service level. Price and service level should be agreed in tender. This is what all the coutries doing.

    Raj Thursday, 20 December 2018 02:53 PM

    Well said! Same thing is done for train services as well in other countries. Government should only provide infrastructure.

    Chux Wednesday, 19 December 2018 08:55 PM

    This country looses more people than LTTE days due to road accidents

    Be Fair Wednesday, 19 December 2018 09:00 PM

    Education, Education this is the problem. A fall out in the system only leads to this kind of situation

    Unchikun Wednesday, 19 December 2018 09:06 PM

    The best news I heard this year. I have no sympathy for these vultures and they do not deserve it.

    Marcian Chris Thursday, 20 December 2018 10:36 AM

    For the past over 31/2 years or more we had a Transport Minister who did not involve himself in the discipline of any road or rail transportation and was deaf to public grievances on the subject matter. I hope at least now the relevant appointed ministers will wake up and move about to ensure a safe, reliable and efficient road and railway public transportation facilities.

    Yahiya Thursday, 20 December 2018 12:02 PM

    The private bus staff very rude with state bus service staff. Throwing water to state bus driver

    Raj Thursday, 20 December 2018 02:55 PM

    Once this has happened the other way around. It is usually private bus guys beating up the SLTB guys!


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