Senior DIG Western Province Pujith Jayasundara yesterday said the police were ready to ascertain the veracity of the claims that Megapolis and Western Province Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka was involved in a road accident which injured two persons, if a complaint was lodged to that effect.
“We have not received any complaint of Minister Ranawaka’s involvement in the accident. A driver attached to the Power and Energy Ministry has come forward admitting that he was driving a Ministry vehicle when it hit a motorcycle. If anyone lodges a complaint against Minister Ranawaka, we are ready to investigate it.”
Asked why the driver had been to the Borella police instead of going to Welikada police station as the accident had occurred in Rajagiriya the SDIG said that he had done so for fear of being assaulted.
According to available information the mishap had occurred last Sunday night (28) around 9.50 pm near the Election Commissioner’s Office, Rajagiriya, police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara told The Island yesterday.
“Of the two injured, the rider of the motorcycle is being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Colombo National Hospital. The pillion rider who suffered a broken arm is also warded at the same hospital, but his condition is not serious.”
The critically injured person has been identified as Sandeepa Sampath of Meegoda and the other Manula Abeysundera of Colombo 05.
ASP Gunasekara said that the driver who admitted that he met with an accident had been arrested after he surrendered to the Borella police station that night and handed over to the Welikada police station.
Driver Thusitha Kumara, who was produced before the Hulftsdorp Magistrate on February 29, had been released on a personal bail of Rs. 500,000, Police Media Unit (PMU) said.
His driving licence was suspended. The vehicle and the motorcycle are being kept at the Borella police station for the examination by the officers of the Motor Traffic Department. The case has been postponed to May 04, 2016.
(Source: The Island – By Madura Ranwala)