June 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Deputy Minister of Cooperatives and Internal Trade Hemal Gunasekara announced today at a meeting held in Weligama that he would hold a press conference in Colombo tomorrow and reveal the truth regarding the allegation against him over assaulting a police officer.
Suminda Saman, a 34-year-old police officer assigned to duties at the Kottawa Exchange of the Southern Expressway complained to the police that he was followed by four men in a cab and assaulted near a rubber plantation in Dodamgoda area of Kalutara on May 30 when he was driving for work. The assailants have also set fire to the officer's vehicle and fled.
The injured officer, told media, that he had imposed a spot fine on the Deputy Minister's driver two weeks earlier for speeding on the highway and the Minister became abusive when he gave the ticket to his driver.
The Deputy Minister in return has complained against the police officer for verbal abuse and the officer was transferred immediately out of the Kottawa interchange of the Expressway.
Media pinned the suspicion of attacking the police officer on the Deputy Minister.
The Deputy Minister, who is a close relative of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has denied the allegation. He says the police officer has staged the attack against him to gain some personal benefits.
The police have deployed three teams to investigate the attack and to ascertain whether there is any connection between the traffic violation and the attack. However, no arrests of the attackers were made yet.