Monitors say UNP supporter had links with Wattala killers

 He denies involvement
‘A sinister attempt to destroy me’

 By Madura Ranwala

 The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) yesterday accused Public Order and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga’s supporter, former Deputy Mayor of Wattala Urban Council (UNP) Faiz Rizwan of having links with the suspects who hacked to death, Mohammed Abinza, at Mabola in the Wattala police area yesterday morning.

The CMEV based its claim on a statement made by the victim’s son, Abdul Nazal, who witnessed the incident along with his uncle.

 UPFA candidate Mohammed Naushad told The Island that the victim’s 18-year-old son and victim’s relation had told him that the Rizwan had a hand in the incident.

Naushad said that the assailants had been known to Rizwan. 

Rizwan, asked for comment on the allegations levelled against him by the family members of the victim and his rival party candidate, said that he would file a defamation case against the latter for making wild allegations.

 Rizwan said: "I am a businessman and have eight children. I have been supporter of UNP Organiser Minister Amaratunga and I associate many people as a businessman. This kind of allegations would definitely affect my business and Naushad actually wants to put me in trouble and ruin my business. There is a sinister attempt to destroy me. If I have done anything wrong, I should be arrested. I donate part of what I earn to churches, mosques, temples and other places of worship. I don’t get involved in criminal activities as I have to look after my children."

 Abdul Nazal, the son of Mohammed Abinza (46) has told the police that he can identify his father’s killers.

 The police said the victim had narrowly escaped death in 2012, when his hand was injured in an attack, police spokesman said.

 Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said the victim had owned a meat shop at the Welisara Economic Centre and the four suspects alleged to have been involved in the killing had blocked the road with their trishaw after overtaking the victim’s three wheeler while he was on his way to a mosque for morning prayers around 5.45 a.m.

 The victim, having understood that his life was at risk, had run away according to his son, but the assailants pursued him and hacked him to death, the police said.

The victim with severe cut injuries was pronounced dead on admission to the Colombo North Hospital, Ragama.

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