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Wednesday May 18th, 2022
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Sri Lanka MP’s death not a suicide, but brutal murder – Police

ECONOMYNEXT – A former ruling party legislator who died in violent clash in Sri Lanka was beaten to death by a mob and it was not a suicide as claimed earlier, Police Spokesman Nihal Thalduwa said on Thursday.

Amarakeerthi Athukorala, an MP in former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa-led Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) administration died on Monday in the country’s Western town of Nittambuwa after a clash with an angry mob.

Earlier it was claimed that the 57-year legislator from Sri Lanka’s North Central district of Polannaruwa committed suicide by shooting himself after he opened fire at two members of the a group which had clocked his vehicle on Monday.

“The MP who was killed was actually murdered,” Nihal Thalduwa told Economy Next.

“He was not shot at. He was murdered by the protesters. He was killed by beating. He was escaping, but he got caught and was beaten to death. It was not a suicide.”

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered an investigation into the violent clashes that killed at least 9 including Athukorala while left nearly 300 injured.

The clashes started after supporters of then Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked unarmed and peaceful protesters with iron rods and wooden poles near Rajapaksa’s official residence and the presidential secretariat on Monday. Rajapaksa resigned soon after the attack.

Rajapaksa supporters brutal attack came after a meeting with him and his political allies who were mostly legislators.

On Thursday, a court imposed travel ban on Rajapaksa, his son and former Sport Minister Namal Rajapaksa, and several former ministers.

Rajapaksa escaped a public mishandling when thousands of protesters surrounded his official residence late on Monday to express their anger. He was taken away with heavily guarded military early Tuesday and defence secretary has said the former prime minister had kept in the Eastern naval base of Trincomalee for his protection.

After the Monday attack, anti-government protesters also burnt and damaged hundreds of houses and vehicles mostly owned by SLPP parliamentarians across the country. (Colombo/May12/2022)

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  1. Roger DS says:

    All voters ( especially the younger ones) should stop voting uneducated & also any elderly politicians.
    Establish a age limit (above 25 yrs to 65yrs) so there is renewal in parliament bringing in fresh ideas regularly.

    The government must Have a small team of ministers but a bigger team of economists & professionals for each sector of the economy to assist them for the next few years till stability is established ( signed them up for a 2 or 3 year contract). Pay them private sectors salaries so the best talents will join.

    All decisions makings only after a debate in parliament within a time frame (a month or 2) so polices are established soonest .
    No one person allowed to implement long term policies.

    Immediate & short term policies to be implemented either by president or PM if national security is involved but MUST be reviewed regularly for changes by parliament soon after stability is established.

  2. Neela says:

    No one deserve this, so sad😭

  3. Wele Suda says:

    This is the fate of the goons who wield weapons and try to live by weapons

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Comments (3)

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  1. Roger DS says:

    All voters ( especially the younger ones) should stop voting uneducated & also any elderly politicians.
    Establish a age limit (above 25 yrs to 65yrs) so there is renewal in parliament bringing in fresh ideas regularly.

    The government must Have a small team of ministers but a bigger team of economists & professionals for each sector of the economy to assist them for the next few years till stability is established ( signed them up for a 2 or 3 year contract). Pay them private sectors salaries so the best talents will join.

    All decisions makings only after a debate in parliament within a time frame (a month or 2) so polices are established soonest .
    No one person allowed to implement long term policies.

    Immediate & short term policies to be implemented either by president or PM if national security is involved but MUST be reviewed regularly for changes by parliament soon after stability is established.

  2. Neela says:

    No one deserve this, so sad😭

  3. Wele Suda says:

    This is the fate of the goons who wield weapons and try to live by weapons