June 30, Colombo: An election watchdog in Sri Lanka, Campaign for Free and Fair elections (CaFFE) says incidents of election violence have already started to happen with the killing of a supporter of the United National Party (UNP).
A supporter of Minister Thalatha Athukorala has been fatally assaulted by an unidentified group in Nivithigala in the Ratnapura area last night.
The 38-year-old father of three was critically wounded following the attack with sharp objects and succumbed to his injuries after being admitted to hospital.
Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said that the victim is a resident of Dambagammana and that so far no suspects have been identified in connection with the murder.
According to CaFFE, the victim, Thushara Devalegama was attacked by a group of men who had obstructed his path when he was traveling on a bicycle to attend election related activities of the minister.
The election monitor also said that several cutouts of Minster Athukorala erected in Anuradhapura city had also been removed by a group just hours after President announced the dissolution of the parliament. It is believed that a group supporting the opposition has removed the cutouts, CaFFE says.