Hirunika arrested, freed on bail

Hirunika Premachandra was arrested by the Borella police and then freed on police bail this evening, the police said.

She was arrested together with two others for assaulting a man in Borella, the police added.

However when contacted by the Colombo Gazette, Hirunika Premachandra rejected the claims.

She said that when she had gone to meet the man with her bodyguards over a private dispute the man had stormed at her.

She said her bodyguards had come in-between the man and her and pushed the man behind.

He had then lodged a complaint with the police saying the bodyguards had assaulted him.

Premachandra said that the police had asked her to apologize to the man over the incident, which she refused to do. She was then arrested and released on police bail.

Hirunika Premachandra, the daughter of late government member Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra had recently told the Colombo Gazette that she feared for her life after the Attorney General’s department had instructed the police to file a case against MP Duminda Silva.

Parliamentarian Duminda Silva returned to the island recently. Silva was receiving treatment in Singapore for the injuries he suffered during a shooting incident in 2011 in which presidential adviser Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was killed.

Hirunika Premachandra also raised hope that justice will finally be meted out against her father’s killers, more than a year after he was shot dead.

Presidential Advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was killed in the shooting incident in October 2011 and Silva was seen as one of the main suspects in the murder.  (Colombo Gazette)