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Navy shoots after drivers fail to halt, one dies

In two separate incidents, one driver died and another driver was injured when Navy personnel opened fire at two vehicles which had failed to heed the orders to stop, at Hunupitiya junction in Wattala, in the early hours of Saturday.

According to Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara, Navy personnel had set up three checkpoints at this three-way junction to search a suspicious vehicle on the information received on the previous day.

The first shooting took place at around 12.50 am when the driver of a car attempted to flee towards Wattala ignoring the order to stop, also hitting one of the officers on duty.

Another officer had then opened fire at the car, injuring its driver. The vehicle had crashed into a container lorry parked about 300 metres away from the checkpoint, along the Wattala – Hunupitiya road – and had stopped.

The 34-year-old driver who was seriously injured, was first admitted to a private hospital in Wattala and then moved to the National Hospital, where he died.

He is a resident of Old Negombo Road, Wattala.

SP Gunasekara said that investigations into the incident are being carried out under the supervision of DIG Western (North) and a Magisterial Inquiry is also being conducted.

The other shooting took place about an hour later at the same checkpoint when a car driven by a lawyer attempted to flee ignoring the orders to stop.

The driver was injured in the shooting and has been hospitalised.

Preliminary inquiries have revealed that both drivers were heavily under the influence of alcohol. 

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