auction takes bloody turn
By Santhush Fernando
A National Transport Commission consultant was shot
and seriously injured on Friday in an incident which police believed
may be connected to proposals for the auctioning of bus routes to
private and state operators.
consultant Ashoka Gunasekara, known to be among the officials working
out proposals for the privatisation of bus routes, was on his way
to the NTC's Narahenpita office when he was shot at. Police quoted
eyewitnesses as saying two men who came on a trailer bike had shot
at Mr. Gunasekara soon after he got down from a bus and was walking
Gunasekara was admitted to the National Hospital Intensive Care
Unit where he underwent surgery for the removal of a bullet from
his stomach and he is now reported to be out of danger. Police detectives
probing the incident said they had reason to believe that a mafia
linked to private bus operators might have launched the attack.
The Sunday Times in its lead story last week highlighted the moves
to auction bus routes.