COLOMBO: A former Sri Lankan ruling get together legislator who died in a violent conflict within the western city of Nittambuwa was overwhelmed to demise by a mob and it was not a suicide as reported earlier, police stated on Friday.
Amarakeerthi Athukorala, a Member of Parliament in former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa-led Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) administration died on Monday within the nation’s Western city of Nittambuwa after a conflict with an indignant mob.
Earlier it was claimed that the 57-year legislator from Sri Lanka’s North Central district of Polannaruwa dedicated suicide by taking pictures himself after he opened fireplace at two members of the group which had surrounded his car on Monday.
“The MP who was killed was truly murdered,” Police Spokesman Nihal Thalduwa was quoted as saying by the EconomyNext newspaper on Friday.
“He was not shot at. He was murdered by the protesters. He was killed by beating. He was escaping, however he bought caught and was overwhelmed to demise. It was not a suicide,” Thalduwa stated.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered an investigation into the violent clashes that killed a minimum of 9 folks, together with Athukorala, whereas almost 300 had been injured.
The clashes began after supporters of the then prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked unarmed and peaceable protesters with iron rods and picket poles close to Rajapaksa’s official residence and the presidential secretariat in Colombo on Monday.
Rajapaksa resigned quickly after the assault.
Rajapaksa supporters’ brutal assault got here after a gathering with him and his political allies who had been principally legislators.
On Thursday, a court-imposed journey ban on Mahinda Rajapaksa, his son and former Sports activities Minister Namal Rajapaksa, and a number of other former ministers.
Rajapaksa escaped a mob assault when 1000’s of protesters surrounded his official residence late on Monday to specific their anger.
He and his household had been evacuated by the navy early Tuesday and the defence secretary has stated the previous prime minister is being saved within the japanese naval base of Trincomalee for his safety.
After the Monday assault, anti-government protesters additionally burnt and broken lots of of homes and automobiles principally owned by SLPP parliamentarians throughout the nation.
Even the ancestral residence of the Rajapakasas was attacked.