Former Director General of the Media Centre for National Security(MCNS), Lakshman Hulugalle, recently caught in a storm of controversy over an illicit liaison is been treated at the Intensive Care Unit of Lanka Hospitals in Colombo after an alleged overdose of anti depression pills which confidants claim was an attempted suicide.
Hulugalle, also referred to as ‘Hula’ was relieved from his duties as the Director General of the MCNS earlier this month after a scandal involving the transfer of 23 policemen from the Organised Crimes Division who raised a Town Hall casino allegedly run by his paramour. President Mahinda Rajapaksa dissolved the MCNS retroactively from November 1st after racy details about Hulugalle’s liaison with businessman Gamini Nettikumara’s spouse came to light and he was found to have abused his power in a bid to rescue his paramour.
Hulugalle is a staunch supporter of Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The former continues to hold his posts as a director at the National Livestock Development Board and the Commercial Bank.
Meanwhile Colombo Telegraph learns that Hulugalle claimed that he had overdosed on several dozen of anti depression tablets. In Sri Lanka suicides rates, although down compared to the 90’s, are still high enough to cause concern, as at least one case is reported in newspapers every week. According to experts mental health literacy is very poor in Sri Lanka. To seek advice from suicide prevention experts please contact ;
Sri Lanka Sumithrayo
P.O.Box 60B,Horton Place,
Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel +(94)11 2692909 / +(94)11 2696666
Social Service Department
Sahanaya ( National Council for Mental Health)
Sahanaya, Resource Centre Colombo 08
Address : 96/20, Kitulwatta Road, Colombo 8, Sri Lanka
Telephone No : +94 11 2685960 , +94 11 5350819
Fax : +94 11 5350819 , +94 11 5356689
Hours : 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Sahanaya Resource Centre Gorakana
Address : No. 115/2, Galkanuwa Rd, Gorakana, Panadura, Sri Lanka
Telephone No : +94 (0) 38 229 7702 ,
+94 (0) 38 229 7703
Fax : +94 (0) 38 428 1640
Hours : Mon – Fri 8.30 am to 5 pm
‘Alokaya’ Counseling Center (FPA)
37/27 Bullers Lane, Colombo 7.
Tel: 258 4157 ext. 233