Sunil Jayawardena (53), Sri Lanka Self-Employed Professionals’ National Three-Wheeler Federation Chairman; set to contest the General Election from the Colombo District as a candidate of Independent Group 26, was assaulted by a group of individuals. A video of the alleged assault, recorded by a motorist, has been circulating on social media as well.
The victim was beaten and killed in a brutal manner at the premises of a leasing company located in Mirihana around 6 p.m. on Wednesday after he had visited the establishment to discuss the release of a three-wheeler which belonged to a Federation member, which had been detained.
Earlier, days before his death the victim had published several video messages on social media urging action against leasing companies which prey on self-employed three-wheeler drivers.
It was in this scenario, that the murder was committed due to stupid ignorance; has shut an active voice for the rights of three wheeler drivers; while voicing his concerns regarding the lease of a member of his trade union, whose vehicle had been seized for failing to settle a payment, was beaten to death.
The wife of late Sunil Jayawardena, claimed her husband was killed because authorities turned a blind eye to the issues he highlighted via the media, especially with regard to leasing.
Another trade union activist, alleged the government had misled the people with regard to a circular on leasing by finance companies. When the said institution had claimed it cannot operate, a separate circular was issued for them to charge interest from clients.
There are growing concerns on financial institution regulation as trade unions call for an independent and proper investigation over the murder of Sunil Jayawardena.
It is clear from this tragedy, that ignorance is the biggest challenge; as an under-identified social problem both among individuals, as well as experts and organizations; cause negative effects for harmony on individuals and societies.
Ignorance is a serious social problem with potentially deadly consequences; a state of being uninformed, unaware and simply implies lack of awareness about something, while stupidity denotes the inability of a person to be aware of something.
The President as the ruler must instruct all winning candidates at the forthcoming elections to place themselves above stupidity of toying with party politics for the next five years, to provide holistic good governance to remove all ignorance from the minds of the ruled for Sri Lankato prosper!