One person dead after failing to stop at Sri Lanka checkpoint

ECONOMYNEXT – A driver of a vehicle had died after being shot at a Sri Lanka Navy checkpoint set up in the Wattala area to search for suspicious vehicles, police said.

The vehicle had failed to stop at a check point near a railway crossing at Hunupitiya Wattala at about 1.00 am on May 11, police spokesman Nuwan Gunasekera said.

"The vehicle was being driven towards to officers at the checkpoint, forcing them to open fire," he said.

The vehicle had crashed into a parked lorry and its 34 year old driver had been taken to hospital where he had died.

The person was a resident of Old Negombo Road, Wattala, he said. Western Region Deputy Inspector General of Police is conducting an inquiry.

Sri Lanka has tightend security and is carrying out nation-wide search operations and spot check following a Islamist-linked bombings on Easter Sunday.

At the same checkpoint another vehicle which had ignored an order to halt had been shot.

The Navy had set up three checkpoints in the area on information received about, he said.

The driver was not injured but was found to have been drunk. (Colombo/May12/2019)