Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who is now in the country had to face yet another experience while travelling from Colombo to Attangalle yesterday as her convoy was stopped by the Navy since she tried to take a de-tour through the Fort access road of the Colombo Port.
Ms. Kumaratunga, when she was President used to take this route through the Port premises from Chaithya Road and come out from the Mattakkuliya gate to avoid traffic congestion and also for security reasons.
Confirming the report, one of her Secretaries P. Dissanayake told the Daily Mirror that around 12.45 pm, the former President used this short cut to go to Attanagalle to attend a funeral.
When the convoy was stopped by the Navy, her security personnel had informed that she was the former President and asked they be allowed to go. However, navy guards had said they had received strict orders not to let anyone use that road without authorization.Though she was allowed to proceed a few minutes later after receiving authorization she had changed her mind and taken the normal route to Attanagalle, Mr. Dissanayake said.
He also said no one could be blamed for the incident due to the current security situation in the country. Ms. Kumaratunga arrived here last Wednesday from Pakistan after attending a conference there. She was here two weeks ago to attend a Court case filed against her but the case was not taken up as the Chief Justice was ill. Later she left for Pakistan.