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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2224

Colombo Bomb Blast (Update): A heart-wrenching story of the death of the driver of Minister Gamini Lokuge

Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

Colombo, 16 May, ( This is the tragic story of the death of a driver of the Gamini Lokuge, Minister of Sports and Public Recreation, in the bomb explosion this midday, around, at Lotus Road, Colombo.

Minister Gamini Lokuge speaking to ‘Asian Tribune’ from Colombo National Hospital said that this morning his driver was one of the bomb blast victims, who was killed when he went to deliver a letter to a guest staying at the Galadari Hotel, after dropping him at his Ministry.

“My official vehicle was also destroyed in the bomb blast. It was highly unfortunate that my driver was also killed. He was my driver for well over 15 years and presently my official driver,” Minister Gamini Lokuge.

Minister further said, “He dropped me this morning at my Ministry, and I asked him to go to the Galadari Hotel to deliver a letter. After that, I heard that there was a bomb blast and I was aware that my vehicle also went by the same way where the incident took place.

“When I made inquiries, I head that my vehicle was destroyed in the bomb blast.

Then I tried to contact my driver in his mobile phone. There was no response from him. Then I rushed to the Colombo National Hospital. Now I see his body. “

When Asian Tribune asked details about his driver, he said that the name of the driver is Ravindran Ratnakumara, aged around 42 years and from Piliyandala.

- Asian Tribune -

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