I think the girl’s expression here says it all. From Duminda’s website.
This is what I hear about Duminda Silva, MP thug, now in hospital after a gunfight. THIS IS ALL HEARSAY. From somewhat informed people, but still.
Duminda Silva is a young Member of Parliament from an upper middle class family. His father is Lal Silva, Managing Director at CIC (agriculture), but not an owner. CIC has excellent produce by the way and the best juice at their Juiceez outlets. But I digress. Note that he is an MD and not the owner, thus upper middle-class, certainly, but not wealthy.
Duminda was a young UNPer who I first noticed when his pasty and heavily muscled frame appeared on posters all over. He was also, around that same time, indicted for the abduction and rape of a 13 year old girl. He was later discharged after the girl ‘felt uncomfortable’ testifying.
Anyways, a bunch of stuff, family radio license revoked, etc, he crossed over to the government. In the Western Provincial Council election, he spent even gambling and publishing magnate Thilanga Sumathipala under the table, despite having no especially visible means of income. He also got the most amount of preferential votes. Duminda Silva was the master of what I would call ‘Gangsta Clause’ politics. Walk around, give away tons of goodies, get votes.
He didn’t have elves making his money though, it seems like it was thugs and junkies. Throughout this time, it was widely rumored that Duminda’s money came from heroin, or kudu.
Duminda Silva later contested for Parliament and won, and at the same time Bharata Lakshman was out. Duminda was appointed as organizer for Kolonnawa, Bharata’s area, which must have hurt. Bharata lived there and had years of connections, but the parties generally appoint sitting MPs as organizers (partly to use state resources). So that was that. Until.
Bharata kept talking about Duminda’s underworld connections and they finally ran into each other on the street.
Now, this is complete hearsay.
From what I hear, Duminda walked over, hit Bharata and told his bodyguards to shoot. My guess would be that it was more of a melee with seven stories, coming out, so who knows. Either way, Bharata was riddled with bullets and Duminda got three in the head. One of Duminda’s guys was later found with like 16 weapons, including T-56s, an automatic weapon that no civilian can carry and which can’t even be concealed.
Now Bharata is dead and Duminda is hospital though, notably, not under even symbolic arrest. They say he’s breathing normally, but what I hear from the hospital is that he breathes for a while, then they put a respirator, then off again. The doctors are saying he survived only because he was young and strong in the first place. There’s apparently still shrapnel in his brain. He could be a vegetable, he could die, who knows. It seems quite possible that he will be paralyzed but again, who knows.
He was undoubtably dodgy, flashing around ridiculous amounts of money. In the Anarkalli case (a famous actress he dated and who later said she was held forcibly and threatened with date) he said that he gave her about 2 lakhs in property and cash and like 1.3 million worth of jewelry. In the earlier rape case, he claimed that he’d given the father a loan of Rupees 10 million (Leader). He flashed similar amounts around the hood, buying homes, paying for medical equipment, school supplies, whatever.
At the same time, however, I think it was him an his ilk flooding the same hoods with heroin and even corrupting the Maldives, which has a serious heroin problem, transitting through here.
The drug connection is not proven, and neither is the rape, but it seems that the violent, underworld connection is now proven without a doubt. In the vaguely more genteel mafia we call Parliament, Duminda has killed someone connected, in public, which is something you don’t do. He’s also nearly gotten himself killed, also bad. Basically, he was always an asshole, just a useful one. If you ever needed cash or muscle, he would provide, and politicians do need both. Now, however, he is a significant liability. Scratch that, he was always a liability, now he’s a disaster. Duminda isn’t an asshole anymore. Right now, he’s just an exit wound.