Bar Association president Upul Jayasuriya (R) with the defeated candidates Thirantha Walaliyadda (L) and R.R.S.Thangaraja
( July 15, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) An attempt had allegedly been made on the life of Sri Lanka Bar Association (BASL) President Upul Jayasuriya by two men who followed him on a motorcycle today, reported media based in Colombo.

Mr. Jayasuriya told journalists that the two men had doggedly followed him when he was returning from courts this afternoon at around 4 p.m.

Mr. Jayasuriya said that he saw a connection between a statement issued by the BASL condemning the banning of NGOs from holding news conferences, workshops and training of media personnel by the government and the incident.

He told journalists that he noticed two men following his car as he was returning from courts this afternoon at around 4 p.m. He said he had to stop the vehicle for about half an hour in Fort to take cover.

The two men were hovering on their motorcycle while I remained in Fort, he said.

Later the men had followed him to his office at Flower Road, in Colombo 3.

“The two men had also stopped their motorcycle near my office and remained there for a while but subsequently fled after I raised alarm,” he said.