Jan 18, Colombo: Ruling party members of the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha have expressed their displeasure at the failure on the part of the authorities to arrest Public Affairs and Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva over the murder of Pradeshiya Sabha member Hasitha Madawala.
Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha member Lanka Vijitha Kumara has told the media that Minister Mervyn Silva has not been arrested although calls were made for his arrest following the arrest of his coordinating secretaries in connection with the murder.
People from Kelaniya had staged a protest outside the Mahara Magistrate's Court yesterday demanding Silva's arrest.
The case was taken before the Mahara Magistrate yesterday and the magistrate had ordered that the primary suspect in the murder, Sujeewa Rangana Perera, and the other suspects -Somaratna Kumara Perera, Chathuranga Weerasekera, Widanapathiranage Saman, Hemantha Kumara Perera and Sarath Edirisinghe alias Singapore Sarath be held in remand custody until January 31st.
Madawala's lawyers have requested court to order the arrest of other suspects connected to the murder.
The 32-year-old Councilor was fatally shot in front of his residence in Waragoda, Kelaniya on January 5.