brother claims road-death probe manipulated
By Santhush Fernando
Family members of 33-year-old businessman Indika Yatigampitiya,
who was killed in an accident involving the back-up jeep of Deputy
Health Minister Sajith Premadasa, are calling for an impartial probe
on allegations that the inquiry is being manipulated.
Suranga Yatagampitiya, the younger brother of the businessman, claimed
that soon after the accident at Rosmead Place-Wijerama Junction
some unidentified persons had allegedly manipulated with the brakes
of the backup jeep.
that just after the accident two trucks had blocked the road and
some unidentified persons had tried to adjust the brakes, according
an eyewitness to the incident.
occurred last Monday around 8 p.m. at Rosemead Place-Wijerama Junction,
close to the Bandaranaike residence, when the businessman was driving
home after work. He was proceeding towards Borella, while the jeep,
bearing registration no. 62-1302, had come from Horton Place Junction.
In the impact of the collision, the businessman's car reportedly
had spun thrice and crashed onto a wall.
claimed that some in the jeep had not even tried to take his brother
to the hospital and it was some three-wheeler drivers who did so.
He said that his brother was admitted at around 8.15 p.m and was
pronounced dead by 10.30 p.m.
brother said the deputy minister's personal secretary had offered
assistance but none of them had even turned up for the funeral.
The driver of the jeep, 46-year-old Iddirippuge Ranjith Fernando
of Minneriya, had been admitted to the Accident Ward of the National
Hospital. The Cinnamon Gardens Police said the suspect would be
produced before court on November 4.
said that after a very successful career in the travel trade, his
brother had established his own travel agency, Aero Worldwide Travels
(Pvt) Ltd, just a few days ago. He had two daughters - one four-year-old
and the other born just three-weeks before the tragedy.
Police denied any manipulation of the probe by anyone.
They said that the suspect had been given police bail and would
be produced in court next month. Police said they went to the scene
five minutes after the accident and there was no evidence of anyone
trying to manipulate the brakes.
But a VIP police
personnel who was at the vicinity of the accident claimed that some
people had actually tried to alter the brakes, the victim's brother
Mr. Premadasa was not available for comment.