Dunesh Gankanda, Deputy Minister of Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage Board marred his wife’s birthday celebrations held at the Water’s Edge yesterday, when he went on to assault an invited guest by the name of Sumedha Gamlath and his wife in the early hours of today. Gankanda in his alcoholic influenced rage also assaulted his wife Kushani Nanayakkara, the birthday girl and his step daughter in an incident which took place in front of embarrassed guests and employees of the venue.
The party which kicked off on the 30th April 2015 was halted around 2:30am with other guests nearby ducking for cover.
At the time of writing the injured party were deliberating if the said assault should be reported to the police.
MP. Dunesh Gankanda has a history of violence especially when under influence of alcohol. Previously it was reported that he assaulted and bit the nose of N.V. Thivakaran, a Tamil businessman at a club in Galle Face hotel also in the early hours around 1.30am on May 27, 2012. Then Gankanda had gone into hiding from the Police had later surrendered to the Colpetty Police through his lawyer and the Colombo Fort Magistrate released Gankanda on bail.
On many other previous occasions his spate of violence has been reported where he has gone on to assault his mother’s sister, a member of the MSD, a bodyguard and a female maid servant.
MP. Gakanda had threatened to assault his 17 and a half year step son and verbally assaulted his teenage step daughter two years ago.
Colombo Telegraph in an earlier report quoted his step son claiming MP.Gankanda to be a racist. His step son was reported to have said “Uncle Dunesh is not fit for politics, I’m half Sinhala and half Tamil, he calls me ‘Demala pakaya’ (Tamil Cunt ). He is a racist. He has never said sorry. He even abused my sister with ‘Sudda Sinhala filth’. Once I asked him to apologize to her, and he said I’m not going to say sorry to a ‘demala pakaya’”.