A spate of shootings over the past few days has killed and injured several persons including underworld bigwigs.
The latest in a series of shootings occurred Friday morning where 41-year-old Nilantha Champika alias Boralu Nilantha was shot dead by unidentified gunmen when he was riding a motorcycle in Kochchikade.
On Thursday, another individual was killed in a shooting that took place in Obeysekarapura where again two unidentified gunmen had come and opened fire on 32-year old Harsha Yasasri, who succumbed to his injuries after been rushed to the National Hospital.
Yasasri was a resident of Matara and involved in a number of crimes including the murder of ex-Provincial Councilor Danny Hittetiya.
On Wednesday, notorious underworld figure Chaminda Ravi Jayanath alias ‘Dematagoda Chaminda’, a suspect in the murder of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra sustained injuries after gunmen shot at him when he was travelling in the prison bus in Dematogoda.
Following this incident, authorities are looking at the possibility of using vehicles with tinted windows to ensure the safety of the prisoners, among several other precautionary measures.
Minister of Law & Order, Sagala Ratnayaka is yet to issue an official statement with regard to the incidents, which is a breakdown in the country’s law and order. Attempts by Colombo Telegraph to contact him proved futile.