Driver who failed to stop shot dead

By Sarah Hannan

Sri Lanka Navy opened fire at two vehicles that drove past the checkpoint in front of Ceylon Fertiliser Company Ltd. in Hunupitiya, Wattala resulting in one person being killed yesterday (11).

Sri Lanka Navy Spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Isuru Suriyabandara said Navy officers opened fire at two vehicles that disregarded the signal to pull over at the Navy checkpoint in Wattala.

“One vehicle was going towards Wattala from Hunupitiya and the driver of the vehicle succumbed to injuries after admitting to the hospital. The deceased, Chamara A. Ranasinghe (34), was a resident of Wattala by whom his wife and two children are survived.”

Lt. Cmdr. Suriyabandara also noted that just one hour past the previous shooting, another vehicle had driven towards Hunupitiya from Wattala. With the driver of that vehicle disregarding the signal to pull over, the Navy had opened fire at the vehicle. The driver of that vehicle sustained minor injuries.

“We urge the public to provide their fullest corporation so that we could carry out security checks and ensure the safety of the people as well as the country. The security forces are compelled to take strict action against lawbreakers given the situation,” Lt. Cmdr. Suriyabandara informed.

Further investigations had revealed that both the drivers had been driving under the influence of alcohol and had disregarded the indications to stop, which resulted in a loss of life and damages to property.