|Key Southern official dies of
M W Wijethileke, Secretary to several ministries of
the Southern Province Chief Minister died on
Thursday (27) at the ICU of the Karapitiya Hospital
of head injuries after being knocked down by a
trishaw while walking for his morning exercise.
He was hit by a speeding trishaw on Monday (24)
early morning as he had completed a run with a
friend and was walking along the side of the road at
Hapugala to wind down.
The driver of the trishaw was taken into custody by
the Galle Police and produced before Additional
Magistrate S Kodagoda, who remanded him till
The 48-year-old secretary was the father of two and
served in the capacity of the chief secretary of the
Southern Provincial Council from 2004 to March 2009.
He later served as the Secretary to the Chief
Ministerís Ministries of Health, Education, Finance,
Law and Reconstruction.
His funeral took place at the St Ritaís family
burial grounds, Hapugala.