MP Duminda Silva’s website. I recently described him as a textbook dodgy politician.
Update: Duminda Silva is out of hospital and in ICU. He had two bullets removed from his head. This seemed like an intra-party conflict over who would be Kolonnawa organizer. Basically, it’s bullcrap, and neither of these thugs should have ever been in Parliament.
MP Duminda Silva was far from a clean politician, but I wish him recovery. It seems that he’s been shot in the head. Former MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra has been killed, along with two others. It’s unclear why this happened. There were threats on Bharatha’s life in February, supposedly from the underworld. I don’t know how Duminda Silva was involved.
The local government election was today, but I don’t think this was election related. Though I guess it could be. Neither one was running or really campaigning as far as I know. Duminda (or Dumindha) is based in Kolonnawa and he and Baratha were in the same party. I’m not sure if they were fighting each other or if someone else was fighting them. Of course, these days there are a lot of things that divide more than party.
Duminda Silva is one of the highest vote getters in Colombo, but his reputation is terrible. There’s the dropped underage rape charge, the dropped death threats against a famous actress, and his general demeanor and beefy thuggish looks. He’s muscled his way up through old-school, ‘that’s my thug’ politics, but I don’t think he’s a good man.
The responses on Twitter range from positively cruel to speculative, but no one really knows what’s going on. Lasantha Wickremetunga was taken to hospital with a head wound, but that was pointless. Who knows how bad Duminda was hit.
You could could say live by the gun die by the gun, but I prefer live by the gun, retire by the ballot. Whatever he’s done, nobody deserves a violent death. Including Duminda Silva.