This story was carried last week mistakenly with the headline ‘Duplicity By Sri Lankan Airlines’. We regret the error. It should have instead read, ‘Sri Lankan Airlines Stewardess Shot In The Face.’
By Nirmala Kannangara
Starling revelations have come to the fore as to how an air hostess of Sri Lankan Airlines (SLA) was shot by her husband who is an army soldier on December 3, 2011 at the Tissamaharama Police Station.
The dispute was over the stewardess’ refusal to stay with her husband after joining SLA according to Police Spokesperson SP Ajith Rohana.
The Police Spokesperson told The Sunday Leader that this unfortunate incident had occurred while the inquiry into the complaint by the army soldier was in progress.
According to the police, Navodini and Dushyantha (names changed) were husband and wife but after joining SLA, Navodini for an unknown reason had refused to stay with her husband and had instead stayed with her parents. Although Dushyantha on many occasions had requested Navodini to come and stay with him, she had ignored his requests. Failing to get her back to him, Dushyantha had lodged a complaint against Navodini and her parents with the Tissamaharama police.
While the inquiry was in progress, Dushyantha had thrown a hand grenade at his wife, with the intention of killing her. When it did not explode he had fired his service pistol, point blank at Navodini’s lower jaw causing severe injuries to her face.