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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2643

Sri Lanka Government is to grant compensation for Rathmalana Bomb victims

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 30 May, ( Compensation will be granted for those who were killed and injured in the bomb explosion occurred in Ratmalana.

Deputy Director of the rehabilitation authority affiliated to the Ministry of resettlement Ananda Wijepala says a maximum of one hundred thousand rupees will be provided on behalf of a dead person while it is a maximum of 50,000 for a person injured in the incident.

Payment of compensation will take place after obtaining official details of the dead and wounded persons. Relevant divisional Secretaries will be contacted to get these details. An advance from the full amount of compensation will be paid for funerals.
Meanwhile, director of the accident service of the Colombo National Hospital Anil Jasinghe says four persons wounded in the bomb blast are receiving treatment at the hospital. A woman in critical condition has been submitted to an emergency surgery.

Three persons wounded in the incident are also receiving treatment at the Panadura hospital. Hospital sources said their conditions are not serious. Director of the Colombo South Hospital W.G Gunawardena said 25 injured are receiving treatment with two persons have been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Hospital.

In the meantime according to Sri Lanka Defence Ministry, death toll of the Rathmalana bomb blast has rose to eight as one of the Special Task Force (STF) Personnel succumbed to his injuries at the National Hospital Colombo last night (28).

Earlier, seven civilians, four males and three females died immediately after the indiscriminate bomb attack carried out by the LTTE terrorists at Rathmalana, in the Colombo suburb last evening. 36 people including five STF personnel sustained injuries in the incident.

The bomb, which had been planted under the roof of a wayside shop, was exploded around 5:40 p.m. targeting the civilians using Colombo-Gall main road. A police truck carrying STF personnel was too caught in the explosion. STF officials said that there were nine police commandos in truck at the time of the explosion. Six civilian vehicles were also badly damaged in the incident. Bags, shoes and slippers of the victims were seen strewn on the road.

The Police truck had been moving from the STF Training School in Katukurunda to its camp in Gonahena, Kadawatha when the explosion occurred.

- Asian Tribune

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