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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2678

Sri Lanka: Southern Development Authority Chairman murder could be a contract

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 13 June, ( General of Police Chandra Fernando has dispatched three special police teams headed by Assistant Superintendents of Police to investigate the murder of Southern Lanka Development Authority (SLDA) Chairman Danny Hiththetiya.

Although police took action to put up barricades in Matara, Galle and Ratnapura immediately after the incident, they have so far being unsuccessful in their attempt to apprehend the killers.

"No sooner the incident occurred, police searched several suspicious houses in the area, but we believe that the killers had fled the area soon after committing the murder," police sources told the “Asian Tribune.”

Police also expressed possibility that the murder was a contract killing, and committed due to political rivalry. President Mahinda Rajapakse has also instructed a speedy inquiry into the murder.

Mr. Hiththetiya succumbs to his injuries after he was shot by unidentified gunmen at Makandura junction in Matara on Sunday evening while reading a newspaper at a shop close to his home.

The Chairman had received serious injuries in his chest and was rushed to the Matara hospital, where doctors conducted an emergency operation but he succumbed to his injuries later during the day.

Danny Hiththatiyage started his political career as a Communist Party Member and since 1988; he is reported to have been holding several Ministerial Posts in the Southern Provincial Council. He did not contest the election held recently and was therefore appointed the Chairman of the SLDA where he pioneered the development of the Southern Region by initiating many growth oriented projects.

- Asian Tribune -

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