Five people have lost their lives in a shooting that took place near Beliaatta Interchange on the Southern Expressway. It is reported that Saman Perera, the leader of the ‘Ape Janabala’ party, is among the dead.
It is reported that 4 people died on the spot and another person died while being admitted to the hospital.
It is reported that at around 7.45 am today, a group of people in a Prado type vehicle shot another group of people in a Defender Jeep.
It is reported that Saman Perera, the leader of the ‘Ape Janbala’ party, who died in the shooting, is also a person with criminal charges. He was arrested and released for aiding and abetting a suspect involved in a murder in Kudavella area in 2022.
The police suspect that the shooting may have been carried out by the gang of Kosgoda Sujee, an underworld criminal.
In addition, he was accused of killing the Chairman of Balapitiya Pradeshiya Sabha and his son.