Murdered MP Athukorale’s family to get Rs. 10 m. compensation

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena last week said that the Cabinet of Ministers has decided to pay Rs. 10 million in compensation to the family of late SLPP MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala who was killed in a mob attack during the protests earlier this year.Premier Gunawardena said that the limit for compensating a murdered government official was five million rupees. However at the meeting of the cabinet last week it was decided to increase the limit to Rs. 10 million in Athukorala’s case.

Athukorala (57) died on May 9, 2022, at Nittambuwa after fleeing an angry mob who surrounded his vehicle. Parliament sources said that Athukorala was not entitled to an MP’s pension as he did not complete five years parliamentary service.A total of 38 persons, including two who had stolen and pawned three rings belonging to the murdered MP have been arrested. The mobile phone of a Pradeshiya Sabha chairman stolen during the mob attack had been found in the possession of one of the suspects, police said.

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