Former Director General of the Media Centre for National Security and close associate of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Lakshman Hulugalle has been re-admitted to hospital after a second failed suicide attempt by overdose, sources told Colombo Telegraph.
Hulugalle, who was staying in a hotel in Kandy was admitted to the Kandy General Hospital in the early hours of Monday morning.
Last month, Hulugalle was rushed to Lanka Hospitals in Colombo, for treatment after he walked in to the hospital claiming to have swallowed nearly 20 anti depression pills. However, sources told Colombo Telegraph that doctors at the hospital had failed to find any traces of the drug in Hulugalle’s system. The top security official later denied allegations that he had overdosed.
He is said to be in recovery now.
Hulugalle has been embroiled in controversy after he ordered the transfer of 23 policemen responsible for the raid of a casino belonging to his alleged lover, Sudharma Netticumara, wife of Salaka Chairman, Gamini Nettikumara. President Mahinda Rajapaksa dissolved the MCNS retroactively from November 1st after racy details about Hulugalle’s liaison with businessman Gamini Nethikumara’s spouse came to light and he was found to have abused his power in a bid to rescue his paramour.
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