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Update: Bharatha – Duminda shooting, I warned Dayasiri says

By Colombo Telegraph

Hospital workers push a trolley carrying an injured victim at a main hospital in Colombo (AFP, Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)

“During my speech I specifically brought up the thuggery and intimidation that was taking place in Mulleriyawa. I showed them photographs of shootings that happened during the run up to the elections but they ignored all of this and we have lost a political leader today,” says UNP Kurunegala District MP Dayasiri Jayasekara. On Thursday October 6, 2011, when Jayasekara was speaking in Parliament about the thuggery in Mulleriyawa, his speech was expunged and he was sent out of the chamber.
He further went on to add that, “The crux of my speech was that there is no rule of law in this country. Thugs who are close to politicians have with them illegal weapons and this incident was due to the use of these weapons. There are gangs that operate with the ruling party politicians and todays incident showed the danger that these weapons that are used by politicians could bring,” he said.

Jayasekara went on to note that the weapons that were used during the shooting were not legal weapons that were given to the policeman who were with the parliamentarians. “A policeman on duty would never open fire when there is an argument. The reason behind the shooting clearly must have been drunken-ness and thugs who were armed,” he said.

Former MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra died in the shoot out along with three others. UPFA Colombo District MP Duminda Silva was placed on life support after doctors removed two bullets that were embedded in his skull after a four hour operation, the Director General of the Sri Jayewardene Hospital, Dr. S. A. K. Gamage said. He said that two surgeons had attended to the injured MP and that more surgery was needed to remove a third bullet from his skull. The MP along with some 15 others was hospitilised after a bloody shoot out with a rival in the same party at Kolonnawa. listen here Bharatha on Duminda\’s underworld

R. Duminda Silva’s underworld connection by Bharatha Lakshman

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