It was devastating to see so many lives brutally
shattered in the bomb that went off in Nugegoda. Many, who were
unaware of the untimely brutality of their death, went into the
Nolimit store situated in the densely populated Nugegoda town to
Some were buying clothes for pleasure, some to mollify their
desires, some just because their mom or dad told them but none
knew their fate fate decided by a bomb! Time passed
unconsciously, the pendulum suddenly stopped swinging when a
parcel was discovered that altered the fate of many.
The first person to enter the scene, jeopardising his own life
was a man named Chandrasena, from the nearby three-wheeler park.
When the situation was left unattended, the man took a brave
decision to bring a police officer doing his job at the
junction. The usually reliable electricity was down that day, as
if the gods were conspiring with the hand of fate. When the
police officer was inspecting the parcel, the man went to park
his three wheeler in a safer place. Then came the explosion, an
explosion claimed the lives of many innocents around 5.55 that
People rushed to the scene of the catastrophe, horrified by the
sight but determined to save as many lives as they could. As
soon as we got the news we rushed to the place. What we saw was
devastating, I saw a man burning in fire crying for help. He was
trying to walk to save his life. Dead people were on the counter
but there was nothing we could do. We wish we never get to see
such a thing in our lives, they told The Nation.
At Kalubowila Hospital, Anula Marasinghe, a 50-year-old
housewife who was injured, said she saw a man leaving a box on
the counter and going towards Kohuwala. I came to pick up my
daughter who was after classes from Shakya Institute that is
when I saw a man keeping a box on the Nolimit counter and going
towards Kohuwala. When the police was checking the box we heard
a massive explosion just after five minutes.
The officer-in-charge, of the Kohuwala Police Station,
Prasanna Brahmanage speaking to The Nation said that the rumor
going around that the explosion occurred due to the negligence
of the police officers at the Kohuwala Police Station; is not
true. He said that he got the message around 5:50p.m. and was
just about to leave when the bomb exploded around 5:55p.m.
only person who saw the bomb and remains alive today is
Chandrasena Perera a three-wheeler driver in Nugegoda town. He
was close enough to give minute details to The Nation reporters.
I usually park my three-wheeler in the space given by the
Municipal Council, close to where the bomb went off. When we
heard about the bomb we rushed there. The Nolimit security team
were evacuating people from the building. I went to call the
policeman who was at the Nugegoda junction. He came to inspect
the suspected parcel when he realised that the police who were
informed about the situation were late. The parcel was found
around 5:30 p.m. That is when the people started to panic. The
policeman had no choice but to inspect the parcel. I was near
him when he was inspecting the parcel. There was this small box
inside a tulip bag. I then realised I should park my three-
wheeler away from the scene. I went to park the three-wheeler
and was just about to come back when I heard a huge explosion. I
saw people burning, crying for help but there was nothing that I
could have done, to prevent them from dying.