Bus 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.

NTC 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 to office.

Mr. 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.

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