Police constable Anura Thushara De Mel, Parliamentarian Duminda Silva’s official bodyguard has been remanded on suspicion of shooting former parliamentarian and presidential adviser Baratha Lakshman Premachandra. He has been identified by Mr. Premachandra’s driver Santha Perera.
The driver has stated that he was driving Mr. Premachandra’s vehicle towards the Angoda junction at the time of the tragedy and two other cars were following them. Suddenly, a convoy of about 20 cars that came from the opposite direction blocked the road opposite the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Library at Walpola. Duminda Silva, who was in front of the convoy, got down from his vehicle and Mr. Premachandra, who was seated beside him, too got down.
The driver said an argument ensued between the two when Mr. Silva suddenly slapped Mr. Premachandra who fell down. The driver alleged that Mr. Silva then shot Mr. Premachandra on his head and shouted to his bodyguards asking them to shoot Mr. Premachandra. At that point the bodyguard is alleged to have shot Mr. Premachadra with his T-56 assault rifle.
The T-56 assault rifle issued to the suspect and some used bullets have been recovered by eh CID. Police constable Anura Thushara De Mel attached to the Mirihana Police Station and assigned as Mr. Silva’s official bodyguard was remanded till October 18, pending an identification parade.