Nose-Biting MP Is A Serial Basher
By Uvindu Kurukulasuriya
Dunesh Gankanda, the United National Party Member of Parliament from the Ratnapura district walked into the Museum Club at the Galle Face Hotel around 1.30 a.m. on Sunday with a friend Capt. Senaka De Silva, an aide to former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka. Present at the night club was a Tamil businessman Diwakaran entertaining a group of foreign clients. Senaka knew Diwakaran and walked up to his table to say ‘hello’ and then introduced Dunesh. Diwakaran invited both to join his table. Dunesh initially made small talk and then broached the topic of Raju Radha, ex-husband of Dunesh’s wife Kushani Nanayakkara. Kushani is the daughter of Capt. Nanayakkara and Mrs. Norma Nanayakkara of Green Lanka Shipping Ltd. and has two children from her marriage to Raju.
Raju Radha, the son of the famous Indian actor M. R. Radha, is the owner of HRC Shipping and other businesses. His sister Radhika is also a popular Indian actress. Their mother is Sri Lankan.
When Diwakaran said he knew Raju well as he was a relative – out of the blue, Dunesh lunged forward, bit Diwakaran’s nose and then disappeared into the crowd in the night club. Diwakaran was shocked and did not react at all. Bleeding profusely and in pain Diwakaran was rushed to the Gereral Hospital where doctors performed surgery on his nose. Later he got himself discharged from the General Hospital and admitted himself to the Nawaloka hospital where he underwent surgery that same evening for a second time. Later he made a police complaint.
Dunesh Gankanda who went into hiding to avoid arrest subsequently surrendered to the Kollupitiya Police on Monday through his lawyer. Later the Colombo Fort Magistrate released Gankanda, who was produced before the court on charges of assault, on bail.
Dunesh Gankanda has a history of violence when under the influence of alcohol. People who know Dunesh allege that he assaulted his aunt, a member of the Ministerial Security Division, one of his bodyguards, one maid servant, etc. He threatened to assault his seventeen-and-a-half-year-old step son two years ago and last month verbally assaulted his seventeen-and-a-half-year-old step daughter, resulting in a possible legal issue between the Radhas and the UNP MP.
A complaint was filed with the Police Women and Children’s Bureau for threatening physical abuse, verbal abuse and racial abuse on the under-age step son and step daughter in January 2010 at the JAIC Hilton. Again a verbal complaint was made to the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Singapore Ferial Ashroff regarding verbal abuse and racial abuse on the underage step daughter on April 24, 2012 in Singapore.
This UNP lawmaker is not only a violent man, but a racist too. Talking with this columnist Dunesh’s step son Sooraj Radha said, “Uncle Dunseh is not fit for politics. I’m half Sinhala and half Tamil, he calls me ‘Demala’ (Tamil) He is a racist. He has never said sorry. He even abused my sister in ‘sudda Sinhala filth’. Once I asked him to apologize, and he said, ‘I’m not going to say sorry to a ‘demala’ …”
Talking to te media the acting Leader for the UNP John Amaratunge, the former Minister of Interior in charge of the Police currently in charge of the UNP says the ‘biting nose’ affair is a ‘private matter.’ How is it a private matter? Dunesh is a lawmaker and his behavior is not a private matter.
Of course there are lots of low level ‘Chandiyas’ in Sri Lanka’s ruling party too. No action has ever been taken against them. Opposition law makers are screaming about that, but when it comes to their own they say, “it is a private matter”.