Posted on 01.01.2021 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
(TopNews) It is clear that the Mahara Prison inmates were shot with a motive to assassinate because they were shot in the chest with specific targets and having fired with several shots at inmates on the 29 November 2020.
According to the JDS Lanka website, several relatives who identified the bodies said that they had seen three or four chest injuries on their loved once. It was also established in the court that 8 out of 11 detainees has died due to the severe gunshot wounds. The website further states that it has sufficient evidence that many of the dead detainees have been shot more than once. This JDS Lanka disclosure was further corroborated by the medical reports and evidence produced to the court. It was also revealed in a video on social media the shooting was being encouraged by calling names to shoot. The police removed the soundtrack and released to the media with background music to cover up the motive, but the original video was exposed to the social media later.
JDS Lanka reports that Nadeeka Kalpani of Munuwangoda was found three gunshot wounds on her husband Pradeep Athula Kumara’s chest while she went to identify the body at the Ragama Hospital. ‘’one side of my husband’s chest was pierced. I saw bloodstains from injury on his stomach. The people in the mortuary told me that my husband had been shot four times. Also, chest was pierced below the nipple on the left side’’ she had revealed her experience to the website. Besides, Shanuka Kariawasam from Kirindiwela has identified several gunshot wounds on her younger brother Rasika Harshana Kariyawasam’s body. ‘’I got a chance to see my brother’s dead body after appealing many times. ‘’We were asked to come and identified the body, but when we went to the hospital, they tried to send us away. I saw a cut on my brother’s stomach. Those in the mortuary told me that my brother had been shot in the kidney and he has undergone a surgery’’. 29-Year-old detainee Sampath Pushpakumara, a father of 3, who was the first person died from the incident had been shot several times according to his wife N G Lasanthi, the website revealed. ‘’ the hospital told me that he died from gunshot wound to the chest. I saw several injuries. When I asked about it, people in the mortuary told that there are gunshot wounds’’.
However, the panel of experts appointed to conduct the post-mortem confirmed that the cause of death of the detainees was a shooting. The member of the Board who conducted the post-mortem examinations are; Professor G N Perera from faculty of Applied Science, University of Colombo, Sandun Wijewardana Chief Judicial Medical Officer of the Colombo North (Ragama) Teaching Hospital, Channa Perera Chief Judicial Medical Officer of IDH Mulleriyawa , P P Dasanayake, chief Judicia Medical Officer Colombo South (Kalubowila) Teaching Hospital and B.G Madawala senior analyst of the Government Analyst’s Department.
(Source – JDS Lanka)