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By Krishan Jeewaka and Ghandya Senanayaka

A group of supporters of Presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka were shot at while they were traveling in a bus at Tangalle this afternoon killing one and injuring at least 4 others, the media unit of General Fonseka told Daily Mirror online.

When contacted the police said the gunmen who opened fire on the bus were traveling on a motorbike. The police also said they could not confirm the motive behind the shooting.

The lady who was killed was identified as Kusumawathi Kurrupuarachi (58), a mother of 5 and a resident of Bimbaduyaya, Vutharandeniya. They were on their way to a political rally organised by UNP MP Sajith Premadasa when the incident took place.

Meanwhile the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), in a statement over the incident, said that two persons who arrived on two motor bikes first fired at the tyres of the bus, followed by the rear windows, and then proceeded to shoot the passengers through the windows along the sides.

When contacted the Hungama police informed CMEV that one of the suspects was identified as Sampath during the initial 119 call made at the time of the shooting, and that a T56 was used in the shooting. Investigations are currently underway. The bus was carrying supporters to the Sajith Premadasa’s rally that was due to be held at 2.00pm at Thissamaharama this afternoon.

Meanwhile President Mahinda Rajapkse has ordered the Inspector General of Police Mahinda Balasuriya to conduct an independent inquiry into the incident.


  Comments - 22

  • Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:26 AM

    we do.......people of this country do......

    Wednesday, 13 January 2010 02:52 AM

    SF ALL THE WAY!!!!

    Wednesday, 13 January 2010 02:43 AM

    First death to happen in MR's hometown!!! A very bad sign.

    Wednesday, 13 January 2010 02:32 AM

    Justice. My foot. If you want justice wait till 26th, not now.

    Wednesday, 13 January 2010 01:46 AM

    SL needs to activate the Death Penalty immediately to curb all these.

    Wednesday, 13 January 2010 12:56 AM

    Do not worry OUR GREAT KING has ordered immediate investigations. This KEKILLE KING and Minister Utugemunu will ruin the country.

    Very sorry about the victim.

    Wednesday, 13 January 2010 12:29 AM

    Now the government will regret why they wiped out LTTE. They have no LTTE now to put the balme on.

    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:26 PM

    Chinthanaya did not do the killing you fool, the uneducated idiots in that country are to be blamed!!!

    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:31 AM

    going to be another WAYAMBA?

    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:29 AM

    You can't expect still better democracy under them. This is the type of democracy that took far away Mrs Chandrika Bandaranayake without a hum. they are snakes under the grass.

    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:28 AM

    Lets not point the finger at any person or a party till the authority finds out who is the culprit. How many motor bike shootings have taken place for reasons not known so far and they have got away. Don't forget that SF is a victim of suicide bomb that he escaped with injuries. Since the tension is building up due to elections. We all need to be careful what we say and do !

    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 10:39 AM

    Now who wants Chinthanaya to continue?

    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:25 AM

    Terrorists in South? I can C whose terrorism

    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:12 AM

    helloooo............ wake up now

    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:11 AM

    It appears that it is a consequence of an ill advise that this would help them to enhance their vote bank but reality is on the other hand

    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:08 AM

    Mother of five, sad sad situation. No law and order in this country.

    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:03 AM

    Can't change the election date to 13th January.. Please...??

    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:02 AM

    After trying all the tricks under the sun, now they resort to the gun, They better strengthen security now or else sri lanka will have the last thing it needs and the icing on the cake. people(unidentified) freely roaming the streets and killing people.

    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:01 AM

    Most of the mob attacks in this area is conduting by the JVP supporters in this Hambantota district. Very soon every one will understand attacker is a well known JVP supporter. This is a situation where JVP trying to blame MR's peacefull campaigen. Any way our deppest sympathiese for diseasse lady, may she attatin Nibbana.

    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:01 AM

    This is not acceptable. Condemn such incidents.
    & do not let us to think its a work of very same group. since they have a record on that.

    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 10:40 AM

    Still the police does not confirm even after killing one person.

    Where is the democracy of this country today?

    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 10:40 AM

    so sad to see these kinds of things happening .. which never happened before.

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