cut-out of President destroyed
By Wilson Gnanadas
A life size cut-out of President Mahinda Rajapaksa
was burned down completely in the wee hours at
Ambalantota yesterday (12).
The cut out was erected by Ambalantota Pradeshiya
Sabha UPFA candidate Munasir Casim.
According to police the cut out has been set on fire
at around 2.30 am.
The huge cut out has been set up at the entrance to
the Bolana colony in Ambalantota. The Bolana colony,
a predominantly Muslim settlement, was established
by Justice M. T. Akbar during the British period.
Ambalantota OIC Tissa Wijeratne said as a picture
of the UPFA candidate Munasir Casim was also seen
along with President Rajapaksa in the huge cut out
side by side, it was not certain whether those who
had vandalised the cut out had in fact done this to
vent their anger against the candidate.
“We are not too sure about it. We are trying to
find out whether this was done due to anger against
the President or the candidate. So far nobody has
been taken in for questioning,” he said.
Meanwhile when UPFA parliamentarian A. L. M. Azwer
addressed a gathering at the Bolana colony last
evening, he said that this incident was a sure
indication of ‘desperation’ and ‘defeat’, by
However fingers have been pointed at the JVP for