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The Kurunegala High Court today sentenced to death a bus driver and a conductor,who were found guilty of the charge of having caused the death of 41 passengers in a bus-train tragedy in 2005 at Yaangalmodara.
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  • sss Friday, 05 April 2013 11:00 AM

    should give good publicity as a restrain to marauding bus crews who will take any risk to earn a rupee

    ThejaB Friday, 05 April 2013 01:34 PM

    Bad decision. Obvious grounds for appeal.

    bing kunda Friday, 05 April 2013 11:06 AM

    buses and three-wheelers should be strictly monitored....they are the main cause for traffic and accidents.

    Jonathan Rambo Friday, 05 April 2013 08:29 AM

    Undisciplined bus drivers make the roads so unsafe, they should be punished.

    unchikun Friday, 05 April 2013 08:31 AM

    What about when you kill thousands ?

    Dutugemunu1 Friday, 05 April 2013 01:49 PM

    it is the high time to make awareness to drivers as well as conductors of the buses on discipline and the traffic law.

    Dera Friday, 05 April 2013 08:34 AM

    For an obvious criminal case like this, they take 8 long years to give the verdict!!!

    R.Rohan Friday, 05 April 2013 08:44 AM

    let this be a lesson to other indiscipline drivers.

    Goni Billa Saturday, 06 April 2013 06:06 AM

    This was no accident, I remember reading this at the time that, the driver and conductor tried to 'squeeze' their bus through the closed gates as the train was approaching. So they are both culpable as they both participated in breaking the law and taking an unnecessary risk by endangering the passengers in their care & causing their deaths. The judgement is correct.

    Goni Billa Saturday, 06 April 2013 06:08 AM

    People comment without studying the case in question. This was no ordinary accident. This was due to the callousness of the driver and conductor who caused the death of their passengers by their illegal action by trying to' squeeze' thru the closed rail gate.

    Shaik Ahamath Friday, 05 April 2013 11:25 AM

    I am no friend of private bus drivers or conductors but this sentence to death is over the top. In crimes of this nature there should be a motive, intention and gain. There is none of these and also the conductor had nothing to do with the recklessness of the driver.

    dilip Friday, 05 April 2013 08:47 AM

    excellent not execute the order

    Maha Rajanani Friday, 05 April 2013 08:48 AM

    .Good decision for the future; this will help to protect passengers of such nature accidents. MEDIA MUST GIVE FULL PUBLICITY TO THIS.

    lalith Friday, 05 April 2013 08:48 AM

    Hurry. It seems the attorney general has not seen this file. Otherwise they would have set free.Now it is up to the big boss. New year is coming!

    Padamoka Friday, 05 April 2013 08:50 AM

    I have sentenced my dog to death yesterday because it s joke in this country. My dog is laughing at me .

    Seelawathie Saturday, 06 April 2013 06:35 AM

    How come the Bus Conductor get the death penalty ?. He didn't drive the bus.

    Aruan Friday, 05 April 2013 02:19 PM

    Obviously you dont know what happened that day....conductor got off the bus and guided the driver to squeeze through the closed rail gate....before the train hit the bus. He is equally responsible

    Sylvester Friday, 05 April 2013 08:54 AM

    after 8 years

    GP Friday, 05 April 2013 11:32 AM

    Just to show our leagal system neutral and eeeeefffficient!

    Shace-UK Friday, 05 April 2013 09:08 AM

    But duminda walks free!!!!

    DAW Friday, 05 April 2013 09:08 AM

    How come this similar order was not given to the Dharmasiri who was the prime suspect and probably masterminded the Kahawatte killings.

    HK Friday, 05 April 2013 09:18 AM

    For killing punishment grace period 8 years :(

    Vignes Friday, 05 April 2013 09:23 AM

    Cant they come to a mutually agreed position, and be released??

    Ranil Friday, 05 April 2013 09:34 AM

    The rest of the private bus drivers should be charged for attempted murder as they try to kill the public the moment they start the bus

    Don Udawatte Saturday, 06 April 2013 04:38 AM

    Judge, why the conductor ? was he driving from the foot board ?

    Sapumal Bandara Friday, 05 April 2013 11:55 AM

    The owner of the Bus also should have been punished to ensure that this type of irresponsible driving is eliminated from our roads.

    Don Friday, 05 April 2013 09:43 AM

    Why the conductor?

    Sapumal Bandara Friday, 05 April 2013 12:01 PM

    Motor Traffic Act should be amended enabling Police to charge such offenders and their owners under manslaughter charges, like in other countries.

    wakmount Friday, 05 April 2013 03:35 PM

    death sentence means living forever on state expense(or else our money) because no one to execute them

    jay Friday, 05 April 2013 09:49 AM

    well done!!!

    paths Friday, 05 April 2013 09:58 AM

    Not at all fair. Surely why would they kill them? Certainly not intensionaly. It is a case of negligent driving. Rigorous imprisonment of say 7 yrs should be the punishment.

    donn Friday, 05 April 2013 10:04 AM

    let this be an eye opener for all those who violates road rules,
    specially three wheel drivers, bus drivers and VIP'S

    Minan Friday, 05 April 2013 10:06 AM

    Well done sir, reckless drivers deserved such sentence.

    MerwynSilva Friday, 05 April 2013 12:16 PM

    At last some justice has been done, but awaits for final judgement of AG.

    ANTON Friday, 05 April 2013 10:06 AM

    NOW THEY CAN DRIVE THE BUS TO HELL WITHOUT PASSENGERS.

    Vernon Friday, 05 April 2013 04:02 PM

    Read what the conductor did. Then you will know.

    R Liyanage Friday, 05 April 2013 04:04 PM

    before commenting research on what you comment

    chinka Friday, 05 April 2013 04:08 PM

    You cleared my confusion about the verdict against the conductor.

    limatc Friday, 05 April 2013 10:09 AM

    OK, IF FOUND GUILTY DUE TO DELIBERATE HAPPENING THEN SHOULD BE GIVEN THE SAME TASTE OF MEDICINE , CORRECT

    ramkumar Friday, 05 April 2013 10:13 AM

    Very good judgement. They must be hanged soon. This should be an example for all bus and 3 wheeler drivers.

    xlntgson Saturday, 06 April 2013 02:22 AM

    8 yrs for pronouncement, appeal, and again appeal, petition for clemency etc Who should be held responsible for the delays? Jury...

    SudhuPancha Friday, 05 April 2013 08:08 AM

    ???First time in History

    PRASANNAJIT Friday, 05 April 2013 08:08 AM

    We have to wait for the ruling by AG. Hope those 2 guys have any polical connection.

    Rasa Friday, 05 April 2013 12:58 PM

    We talk about justice. Did the driver and conductor got together and killed the passengers. It was just an accident which could have been easily prevented by careful driving. It was whatever said, is an accident

    shanthapriya Friday, 05 April 2013 10:42 AM

    gemunu will definitely call for a strike of private buses

    good lesson to the careless bus drivers

    shiranee Fernando Friday, 05 April 2013 10:45 AM

    I don't wish death for no one, however sadly in this country Private Bus drivers & conductors have taken law into their hands. This is all about racing. They took 41 lives, probably for few hundred buck more. This judgment should definitely open the eyes of others and the authorities should never waiver its decision.

    kiwi Friday, 05 April 2013 01:15 PM

    That stage is over but they can appeal.


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