Uproar over Nainawadu’s killing: Southern PC sessions adjourned abruptly

The Southern provincial council had to be adjourned just ten minutes after sessions began last Tuesday following an uproar over the killing of Chandradasa Nainawadu, a JVP member of the Ambalangoda municipal council.

When proceedings began at 9.30 am with deputy chairman Wijaya Dahanayake in the chair, JVP Galle district councilor Nalin Hewage sought to make a statement on the killing of Nainawadu, who was a supporter of common presidential candidate Gen. (Retd) Sarath Fonseka.

At this point, chief minister Shan Wijelal de Silva objected to such a statement being made. He said he is also grieved at the loss of a life, but no statement on the death of this JVP activist could be allowed in the provincial council.

UNP and JVP members protested vehemently against this refusal by the chief minister saying that a municipal councilor had been beaten to death by goons. They insisted on making a statement.

Amidst the rumpus, the deputy chairman adjourned sittings at 9.40 am. The council will meet again on February 23 at 9.30 am.

JVP member Hewage later told journalists that those responsible for the brutal killing of Nainawadu have still not been brought to justice.

"I wanted to make a statement in the provincial council to focus on this aspect as the killers of Nainawadu have still not been arrested", he said.

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