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POSTED AT 05:01 PM 03-01-2019

Ceylon Petroleum Cooperation gunshoot suspect remanded

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne today issuing the order of the non summary inquiry into the death of the employee at the Ceylon Petroleum Cooperation premises on October 24 obserevd that the Security Officer of former Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga had opened fire for his self defence during the tense situation when the group of employees expressed their objection against Ranathunga's entrance to the premises.

The Magistrate also ordered the Colombo Crime Division to take instructions from Attorney General and file a case against the suspect Aruna Sri Nandana Silva.

The Magistrate further ordered the CCD to arrest all the suspects identified from the CCTV footage.

One person was killed and two others were injured in the shooting at the CPC on October 24.

The deceased was identified as M.R.P.A Rajapaksa. 

The Colombo Crimes Division informed the Court that the shooting took place during a tense situation when a group of employees expressed their objection to the former Petroleum Minister to enter the CPC premises with his security officers.

Three CPC employees were admitted to the Colombo National Hospital with serious injuries and Rajapaksa who was in a critical situation died while receiving treatment at the hospital.

Attorney-at-law R.A.P.Ranawaka appearing on behalf of the aggrieved party pleaded to arrest all the perpetrators who involved to this incident.
The Magistrate fixed further inquiries for January 11.

Shavini Madhara