The speeding vehicle in which Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva was returning to Colombo from Plonnaruwa at 4.30 p.m. yesterday collided head on with another vehicle at Aralaganwila and one of the occupants in Silva s vehicle died.
The deceased was Kelaniya Pradeshya Sabha Chairman Seevali Lankatillake.
Underworld figure Kudu Lal , a close associate of the Deputy Minister, who was in the vehicle with him at time had sustained serious injuries. It was reported that Lal admitted to the National Hospital.
The Deputy Minister had also has sustained injuries but his condition was not serious, police said.
The condition of the passengers in the other vehicle was not known.