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Couple who posted anti-govt views over drug shortage brutally assaulted by SLPP MP’s brother

A couple who had made a Facebook post criticising the President for not being able to give their child medicine amidst the drug shortage has been brutally assaulted by two people, one of whom is the brother of Ruling Party MP Milan Jayathilaka.

Barging into the couple’s house at about 11 am this (01) morning, the two had assaulted the husband and the wife.

The victims, Asitha Shasheen Hewapathirana and his wife who are residents of Maligawatta, Kirindiwela, are currently receiving treatments at a hospital.

“There are no medicines for my child in pharmacies. In pain, I made a FB post against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Someone had commented to it against MP Milan Jayathilaka. Then I commented back. It is in this backdrop had the brother of that MP and another arrived in my home at about 11 and assaulted me and my wife. The two beat me on the ground, so my wife. They beat me and strangled my neck. People nearby hurried there and saved us,” Shaheen said.

Upon media query, MP Jayathilaka commented that the relevant person had insulted his mother on Facebook and that the matter was ‘personal’.

MIAP

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