The Sri Lankan police said here Sunday that an investigation has been launched to nab the killers of a politician from the ruling party.
Annamalai Narayanan Muttulingam, 60, was killed by an unknown assassin Saturday evening at Moneragala, about 255 km southeast of the capital of Colombo.
The politician from the Tamil minority was the vice chairman of the Moneragala local council and a member of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
Muttulingam, a medical practitioner by profession, had been shot in the head by the gunman when he was busy in his private dispensary.
The police spokesman and deputy inspector general of police, N.K. Ilangakaoon, said the only information they have at the moment was that the killers had arrived in a white van to carry out the murder.
Moneragala has been noted for suspected presence of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels since October last year.
The government said the rebels feeling the heat of military operations in the Northern Province were trying to disrupt the peace in other areas in order to distract the security forces.
Several mine explosions and killings blamed on the Tigers have accounted for the deaths of several military men and scores of civilians in the district.