by Shamindra Ferdinando
Retired Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne yesterday said the government shouldn’t take lightly the recent blast at Kahagolla in a private passenger bus that caused injuries to 19 persons, including security forces personnel.
The war veteran said that he was certain a grenade blast couldn’t under any circumstances trigger a fire. Therefore, the government and military authorities should closely examine the circumstances leading to the blast.
Gunaratne said that as a retired military officer he had been deeply disappointed that the public simply reached conclusion that an accidental blast was caused by one of those serviceman taking home a hand grenade.
Gunaratne explained how those wanting to destabilize the country could resort to various strategies amidst continuing political instability.
Responding to a barrage of media queries, Gunaratne emphasized that Kahagolla fire followed by grenade blast could have been explained if the ill-fated passenger bus ran on petrol.
Gunaratne said the destructive elements were all out to cause chaos. Referring to recent protests led by Northern Provincial Council member Sivajiilingham opposite navy facility Wadduvakkal in Mullaitivu, Gunaratne said that a determined bid was being made to create incidents. The war veteran said that the government shouldn’t give up strategically important areas to appease the political elements trying to weaken the military position in once war torn areas.