No breakthrough into killing of Municipal Councillor


By Hemamtha Randunu

Investigations have revealed that Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia Municipal Councillor Ranjan de Silva, father of Sri Lanka cricket cap Dhananjaya de Silva, who was shot dead on Thursday night at Ratmalana, was carried out by an underworld gang in the area.

The police said the killing was a result of a long standing dispute.

Although 21 persons had been questioned in connection with the killing, no one has been taken into custody so far.

Hospital sources said Silva’s killers had used a T-56 assault rifle and 9mm pistol and there were four gun shot injuries in de Silva’s body.

The victim was shot by unidentified gunmen who arrived in a van while he was at his home talking to two friends at Gnanendra Mawatha (former Sea Beach Road) at Ratmalana.

A Municipal worker and a fisherman were injured in the attack and they are being treated at the Kalubowila Hospital.

Dhananjaya de Silva who was part of the Sri Lanka cricket team to tour West Indies last night, pulled out of it following the death of his father.

The victim had earlier served as a soldier before taking to politics.

He was elected to the Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia Municipality at the February 10 local government polls on the SLPP ticket with a huge majority.

One of his sons Savithra also has served as a Municipal Councillor in the past.

There had been constant clashes between two rival underworld factions in the Gonakovila area led by Rohana and Anju and the police suspect that the killing was a result of the underworld rivalry. Investigations have revealed that the victim had been close to Rohana’s faction.

The police said that the victim has had clashes with a number of parties in Ratmalana and they were trying to ascertain whether some of them were behind the killing.

A team of policemen had been deployed by the Mount Lavinia police, along with the Mirihana Special Investigations Unit, to track the killers.


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