Slain political leader’s funeral today, special security plan enforced to prevent clashes

Oct 12, Colombo: The funeral of former ruling alliance parliamentarian and Presidential Advisor, Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra will take place Wednesday at the Kolonnawa Umagaliya Public ground.

According to the funeral committee the cortege will leave Premachandra’s residence at 2:00 p.m. and reach the Grounds at 3:00 p.m. when the funeral proceedings will begin. The cremation is scheduled to take place at 6:00 p.m.

Special security and traffic plans are enforced in the area covering Kolonnawa, Dematagoda and Wellampitiya. Police and STF members are deployed to provide security to the area.

Meanwhile, anti-riot squad and police officers from other stations have been deployed to provide security to the police stations in Angoda, Mulleriyawa and Wellampitiya, the police said.

The road leading to Dematagoda from Kolonnawa junction and the road leading to Kolonnawa junction from Dematagoda via Sugunasara road will be kept closed for vehicular traffic from 9.00 am. The vehicles leading to funeral house are only allowed to use these roads, the government announced.

Heavy vehicles have been banned from travelling on the road from Wellampitiya junction to Kolonnawa junction, police said. Only the vehicles of the residents in the area and the vehicles carrying people to the funeral will be allowed to enter.

The authorities have warned the public that certain groups may initiate riots during the funeral and asked the people not to panic.

Premachandra was fatally wounded during a gun battle erupted between his supporters and the UPFA MP Duminda Silva’s supporters on election day (08).

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