In an update on the Beliatta shooting incident, it has been confirmed that Saman Perera, the leader of the “Ape Janabala Party,” is among the five individuals who lost their lives. The incident unfolded near the Beliatta exit on the Southern Expressway, where several people traveling in a defender jeep were targeted and shot.

A shooting incident occurred near the Beliatta exit on the Southern Expressway, resulting in the death of 4 persons. One victim’s body has been sent to the Tangalle Hospital, while another individual involved in the incident remains in critical condition. 4 people travelling in a defender jeep shot near the Beliatta exit on the Southern Expressway.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting, and details regarding the motive or suspects involved are yet to be disclosed.

The targeted shooting comes shortly after Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Deshabandu Tennakoon reported a decrease in crime rates across Sri Lanka following the implementation of the island-wide operation ‘Yukthiya’ (Justice). The operation, primarily focused on combating narcotics-related activities, has led to the apprehension of over 40,000 drug suspects during a one-month period.