The three –decade period of intense conflict from 1983 to 2009 has resulted in hundreds of political assassinations in Sri Lanka. Both Tamil and Sinhala armed groups have been responsible for these killings at different times and diverse locations. The killings of those who held or were holding high political office were so numerous during those times that most people lost count of such assassinations.
Among those assassinated were an executive President, a leader and former leader of the opposition, cabinet ministers and ex-cabinet ministers, Parliamentarians and former Parliamentarians, provincial council ministers, ex-heads of district councils and local authority heads ha. A head of state survived an assassination attempt but lost an eye.
Though political assassinations became a regular feature when the armed secessionist conflict in the North –East or the attempted insurrection in the South were in progress, the first ever assassination of a major political personality experienced by the Island nation was much before those violent phases occurred.
pic courtesy of: Bandaranaike Museum
Fifty-five years ago on September 25th 1959 the Prime Minister Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike (SWRDB) of Sri Lanka known as Ceylon then was shot and seriously wounded by a Buddhist monk. Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike succumbed to his injuries and passed away the following day. Therefore September 26th 1959 got etched as an important date in the post-independence history annals of Sri Lanka
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