Asha Balasuriya told The Sunday Leader that it was one of her husband’s – the IGP’s back up vehicles that met with the accident and it had nothing to do with her.
“It was the IGP that sent this jeep to Kirivehera Kataragama along with me with some goods to be distributed among the daham pasal students. I only took the Pelmadulla road to go to Kataragama but returned to Colombo along the Galle Road. I do not have anything to do with this accident,” she said. When asked why the IGP’s back up vehicle took the Pelmadulla road to reach Colombo when she was traveling along the Galle Road, Ms. Balasuriya said that those vehicles provided security to the Senior DIG’s (Ratnapura) convoy.
When asked how many back-up vehicles she had been given, Ms. Balasuriya said that she was not given any. Confronted with evidence that she had been seen traveling with three back-up vehicles in Colombo, Ms. Balasuriya admitted the truth, saying that as a VVIP she received security threats.
“As the IGP’s wife I receive threats and so do the wives of the three commanding officers. That is why our respective departments provide security for us whenever we travel,” she said.
She failed to reveal who was threatening them given that the country is free from terrorism.
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