State Minister Sanath Nishantha’s final rites today: Public pays respects at residence before ceremony
January 28, Colombo (LNW): In the aftermath of a tragic road accident earlier this week, the final rites of the late former State Minister Sanath Nishantha are scheduled to take place this (28) afternoon at Holy Family Church Rajakadaluwa.
Respects from the public can be paid at Nishantha’s residence in Arachchikattuwa until 2 pm today, preceding the funeral ceremony and burial.
The untimely demise occurred in a car accident near the 11th kilometer post on the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway, where Nishantha’s vehicle collided with a container truck travelling in the same direction.
This unfortunate incident claimed the lives of both Nishantha and his police constable bodyguard, Anuradha Jayakodi.
In recognition of Constable Jayakodi’s dedicated service, the Sri Lanka Police has extended a financial contribution of Rs. 1.5 million to his bereaved family.
Additionally, as a posthumous tribute, Constable Jayakodi was promoted to the rank of sergeant on the 26th.
The driver of the jeep involved in the accident has been arrested on charges of reckless driving and failure to avoid an accident.
Currently undergoing treatment at the Ragama Teaching Hospital, the driver faces legal consequences for his alleged role in the tragic incident.