Just days since Hirunika Premachandra posted a picture of her father, Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra lying dead with a gunshot injury to his head, Duminda Silva’s sister, Dilini has taken a leaf from Hirunika’s book by posting a series of pictures on her Facebook page which she claimed was the head surgery of her brother carried out at several local and foreign hospitals in 2011 and 2012 since the shootout which left Premachandra dead.
Dilini Silva has posted 17 pictures in total which shows the several stages of the surgeries carried out at the Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital as well as at the Mt. Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. She has also posted a copy of the x-ray which shows the bullet entry and exit points on Silva’s skull.
However, Dilini Silva has only shared the pictures of her injured brother, although not explicitly explaining why she has posted these pictures, almost four years since the incident.
On September 11, Hirunika Premachandra, who is a Parliamentarian made a public appeal requesting authorities to investigate Dr. Maheshi Wijeratne, the consultant neurosurgeon who allegedly covered up for Duminda Silva. In a post published on her Facebook page which shows a picture of her father, lying dead on a hospital stretcher which clearly shows the fatal gunshot injury to his head, Hirunika said, “I am posting this picture not for your sympathy, but for you to understand this is how ‘shot in the head’ looks like. It’s impossible to live even a second after a shot like this,” she said.
Therefore, she said an investigation should be launched soon against the doctor who submitted false medical information to the Court. Wijeratne, a very close acquaintance of Access Group Chairman Sumal Perera is alleged to have come to the rescue of Duminda Silva soon after his shootout with Premachandra, by submitting a false report claiming that Silva, had suffered brain injury as a bullet had travelled through his brain during the shooting between Premachandra and Silva and their thugs.
Sumal Perera was a close associate of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Silva, and four others were sentenced to death on September 8 for the killing of Premachandra.