No poruwa, but pyre for Nayana
By Mahangu Weerasinghe
Friday afternoon's grenade blast at the Narahenpita Police Garage shattered all hopes of wedded bliss for Lanka Electric Company employee N. D Thusitha. The bridegroom-to-be who arrived at the scene of the explosion stood there in shock as his future wife's body was wrapped up and taken away.

Reserve Woman Police Constable Nayana Shamila and N. D Thusitha were to be married on September 30. "She called me ten minutes before the blast," lamented Thusitha. It was, however, the RWPC's connection with PC Chandana Kumara of the Batticaloa Police that led to this calamity.

"Although Nayana had ended her relationship with Kumara, it is evident that he found it hard to accept this," said a friend of the couple. Thus, on Thursday PC Kumara, a policeman for the past eleven years, left his post at the Batticaloa station and made his way to Colombo.

Carrying two hand grenades, the PC had used his post in the forces to proceed through the gate at the Narahenpita Police Garage without being checked. "He was wearing a T-shirt and carrying a black bag with him," said Computer Division Sub Inspector Warnaraja.

"I saw the suspect talking with two of my staff," the SI said. The suspect had then pulled the pin on one of the grenades and said, "Sir, please go out." "I jumped from the room asking my other two staffers to do the same, and seconds later I heard an explosion," said the SI.

Nayana, who was boarded in Kirbathgoda, was originally from Ahangama in Galle. Constable Kumara was from Habaraduwa in Galle.

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