Two politicians from the same party, neither of who is actually contesting the municipal election (for the position of mayor) engage in a shoot out that has claimed three lives.
Does that make sense to anybody?
One of the politicians is dead, the other is in hospital, but if neither was contesting and both belonged to the same party then one wonders what caused the violence. Speculation on the street suggests a turf battle over business.
Another news report links it to a killing the day before. Both were thought to be supporting rival candidates, who would presumably return favours if elected.
In the meantime, rumours are that Bharatha Lakshman's supporters have taken the fight to the streets, torching shops and rioting. A police curfew is apparently in place is some areas.
Why so much excitement over an election that most voters are not taking very seriously? There must be more booty than we thought, in the Municipal Council and it may the stepping stone to greater things.
Seeing what things are getting on the electoral ladder makes one wonder if its time to board the next ship that is sailing out of Colombo.
Some links that point to a possible cause, this took place in the same area as the shooting.