Former Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Minister Arjuna Ranatunga yesterday called upon the police to conduct an impartial probe and apprehend those responsible for mayhem at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Head Office at Dematagoda on 28 Oct. Two persons were shot by one of Ranatunga’s security guards and one of them succumbed to his injuries.
A 15- minute video clip of the incident was shown at a news conference organised by the former Minister in Colombo. Ranatunga said a powerful UPFA politician was behind the incident.
When The Island asked him what had stopped short of naming the politician concerned, Ranatunga said he would be named soon.
The former Minister said he had visited the CPC Head Office to collect the keys to his official residence upon his return from a visit overseas when the mob stormed the place.
“They came to attack me while I waiting for the Additional Secretary to the Ministry to arrive and the security personnel moved me into a room to ensure my safety and the mob tried to storm the room while brutally assaulting the security personnel.”
“A sub inspector in my security contingent was forced to open fire at the mob to save my life as a large number of armed gangsters were trying to enter the room, where I was.”
He said he had already spoken to President Maithripala Sirisena about the incident and the latter had given him a patient hearing.